Non-Surgical Weight Loss Program
What is medical weight loss? Medical bariatrics, or non-surgical weight loss, is a comprehensive approach, including unique programs for medically complex patients. At Sentara Comprehensive Weight Loss Solutions we only practice evidence based medicine, and will take your whole health into account. Our Medical Bariatrician, Dr. Caren Beasley, will direct weight management based on medical scientific principles that target the root causes of obesity and weight gain to achieve and sustain a healthy weight in the long-term.
The customized plan that we form together will cause your weight loss. You will receive a full evaluation to see what if any medication options are appropriate to your specific medical needs, and we will re-evaluate periodically to see if changes or adjustments need to be made.
We will keep your primary care physician updated with our office notes and lab results. While we will monitor your obesity-related health concerns, it will still be very important that you see your primary care physician regularly as they recommend.
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Medical Weight Loss Program Structure
1) Contact us!
2) Make your first appointment with our Medical Bariatrician, Dr. Caren Beasley.
3) Come to your first appointment, have your H&P and office visit with Dr. Beasley. Your goals are discussed; EKG and Indirect Calorimeter (this measures metabolism) tests are done. Labs are ordered and initial one week diet is given based on your health and preferences. Sample foods are given. Echos and stress tests are ordered, if needed. Referrals to specialists (including Psychologist, Cardiologist, and Sleep Specialists) are given if indicated. 3D Body Scanner may be done at this appointment or at next appointment.
4) One week later you have your first follow-up visit. Dieting challenges (hunger, social situations, family strategies, emotional eating issues, etc.) are discussed. Labs are reviewed in-depth with you and your medication options are reviewed. Your Exercise Physiologist appointment is scheduled. Your dietary appointment may be scheduled if needed.
5) Two weeks later you have your second follow-up visit where medication side effects are discussed. Your hunger versus non-hunger eating is re-evaluated and your eating plan is again reviewed and modified, if needed. Blood pressure and blood glucose levels are discussed and monitored. Other contributing health issues are discussed (Asthma/COPD while exercising, sleep issues, signs of dehydration, “dieting headaches”, etc.). Dieting challenges are discussed again and specific strategies are formed.
6) Depending on your progress, you may come back in another 2 weeks. On average, you can plan on being seen every 2 weeks for the first 2-3 months. If you are progressing well and your health is stable and medications have not been adjusted, we will move the visits to every 4 weeks. Some patients may need to schedule a nurse weigh-in visit, in-between visits with Dr. Beasley for accountability. You may need to continue to be seen by Dr. Beasley monthly, especially if you are on medications she has prescribed.
7) Once you are at goal weight, you will be seen every 2-3 months for maintenance. A second 3D Body Scan may be done at this time. Continuation of medications will be determined on an individual basis. You may initiate a more structured plan if weight regain occurs or additional weight loss is indicated.