Medical Weight Loss

Medical weight loss provides an alternative to weight loss surgery for patients wishing to take a more conservative approach to weight loss or to combine medications with weight loss procedures to achieve a more robust weight loss success!

Using calorie controlled diets, nutrition education and behavior counseling, our medical weight loss options are tailored to your individual needs and offer long-term success with the support of our entire medical weight loss team.

Weight Loss Medications

Where past commercial and self-directed diets have failed, medical weight loss can help you succeed in your weight loss endeavors. Newer weight loss medications have proven to help those struggling with obesity achieve weight loss success.

At GI Surgical Specialists, we offer in-house administration and physician-led medical weight loss programs featuring Semaglutide and Tirzepatide. We even offer combination therapy (medical and procedural weight loss)!

 

Semaglutide (Ozempic/Wegovy)

A Game-Changer in Weight Management

Semaglutide, originally developed as a treatment for type 2 diabetes, has garnered attention for its remarkable efficacy in promoting weight loss. Marketed under the brand name Wegovy, this once-weekly injectable medication belongs to a class of drugs known as glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists (GLP-1 RAs).

GLP-1 RAs work by mimicking the action of incretin hormones, which regulate blood sugar levels and appetite. By stimulating insulin secretion and decreasing glucagon production, semaglutide helps control blood glucose levels. Additionally, it acts on areas of the brain involved in appetite regulation, leading to reduced food intake and increased feelings of satiety.

Clinical trials have demonstrated the impressive weight loss potential of semaglutide. In the STEP (Semaglutide Treatment Effect in People with obesity) trials, participants treated with semaglutide achieved substantial weight loss compared to those receiving a placebo. Furthermore, many individuals experienced improvements in cardiometabolic risk factors such as blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Semaglutide Ozempic

Tirzepatide (Mounjaro/Zepbound)

The Next Frontier in Weight Management

Tirzepatide represents another promising addition to the arsenal of medications for weight loss. Developed by Eli Lilly and Company, this investigational drug combines the actions of two hormones: glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) and glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide (GIP).

Like semaglutide, tirzepatide works by targeting multiple pathways involved in metabolism and appetite regulation. By stimulating insulin secretion, inhibiting glucagon release, and slowing gastric emptying, it helps lower blood sugar levels and reduce food intake. Additionally, its dual agonism of GLP-1 and GIP receptors may offer synergistic effects on weight loss.

Preliminary data from clinical trials suggest that tirzepatide holds great promise for weight management. In phase 3 studies, participants treated with tirzepatide achieved significant reductions in body weight compared to those receiving a placebo or other antidiabetic medications. Moreover, improvements in glycemic control and cardiovascular risk factors were observed, highlighting the potential for comprehensive metabolic benefits.

Tirzepatide Mounjaro

Benefits of Medical Weight Loss

By losing as little as five to ten percent of your excess body weight, you can significantly improve your health and well-being. Even a modest amount of weight loss reduces your risk for developing common health concerns related to obesity such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, gallstones, sleep apnea, strokes and some forms of cancer. Additionally, losing weight with the help of medical weight loss has the potential to improve your mental health by offering improved self-esteem and reduced risk of anxiety and depression.

Semaglutide and Tirzepatide can be used in combination with weight loss procedures. Whether taken before, to lower your pre-surgery BMI or after in those struggling to shed those last few pounds, combination therapy is the new weight loss frontier.

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