Medical Weight Loss In Tampa, Florida
Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the United States today with statistics showing that more than 75% of adults are either overweight or obese. Body mass index or BMI is a term that describes a calculation that is used to determine if an individual is considered a healthy weight, overweight, or obese.
At IBI Healthcare Institute, we understand that losing weight on your own is hard. Many people need some type of medical intervention to help their weight loss efforts be successful. A study determined that people who had high BMI levels and received no medical assistance had a less than 5% chance of losing enough weight to effectively lower their BMI level to a healthy range.
If you live in Tampa, Florida, and have tried to lose weight on your own using traditional methods like cutting calories and exercising but it left you frustrated, you may wish to consider the opportunities offered for medical weight loss in Tampa. IBI Healthcare Institute offers bariatric surgery in Tampa as well as other non-surgical weight loss options.
Bariatric Surgery in Tampa
Bariatric surgery is one of the fastest and most effective ways for an individual to lose between 30-70% of their excess body weight. Individuals who have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher or a BMI of 35 or higher and suffer from an obesity-related illness, such as type 2 diabetes, or high blood pressure often qualify for bariatric surgery.
In IBI Healthcare Institute’s bariatric surgery center in Tampa, FL we offer many surgical procedures that can help patients lose weight including:
Undergoing bariatric surgery in Tampa, FL at IBI Healthcare Institute’s state-of-the-art surgery center can help patients lose weight and keep it off. If you do not wish to undergo surgery or would not be considered eligible for bariatric surgery, we also offer some non-surgical weight loss options.
Bariatric Revision Procedures
If you have undergone previous bariatric surgery and you are regaining weight, it is possible that your previous surgical alteration needs some adjusting to promote additional and continued weight loss. IBI Healthcare Institute offers endoscopic bariatric surgery revision in Tampa. Some revision techniques used at IBI Tampa include:
Reducing the stomach size even further by utilizing endoscopic sutures.
Decreasing the width of the connection between the small intestines and the stomach pouch
Converting your previous bariatric surgery to a more restrictive or malabsorptive configuration so further weight loss can be realized. For instance, converting a gastric sleeve surgery to a gastric bypass.
Non-Surgical Weight Loss Options
IBI Healthcare Institute offers weight loss options in Tampa that do not require surgery but have helped patients to successfully lose weight and maintain that weight loss. The non-surgical weight loss options offered in Tampa, Fl include:
Orbera Gastric Balloon
IBI Healthcare Institute is happy to offer the Orbera balloon in our Tampa location. The Orbera weight loss balloon has helped patients lose up to 3 times more weight than through dieting and exercising alone resulting in losses between 20-92 pounds in just six months.
This special silicone balloon is filled with saline after being placed in the patient’s stomach endoscopically. The balloon helps the patient lose weight because it takes up space in their stomach, helps the patient with portion control, and curbs their hunger.
The balloon is used in conjunction with a low-calorie diet and exercise while under the supervision of medical specialists. After 6 months the balloon is removed and patients are expected to continue their newly learned lifestyle changes which should facilitate additional weight loss and maintenance of a healthy weight.
Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty (ESG)
Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty (ESG) has gained notoriety and is fast becoming one of the most well-known, non-surgical, effective, weight loss procedures available today. We are happy to offer the non-surgical ESG procedure in our Tampa location.
ESG offers results that closely resemble those patients obtain after gastric sleeve surgery but there are no incisions and fewer risks than those associated with surgery.
Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty uses a non-surgical technique and a special tool to use sutures to reshape and make the stomach about 75% smaller. The patient is not able to eat as much in one sitting and they feel full longer because the stomach empties more slowly.
Clinical trials have shown that most patients lose at least 49% of their excess body weight in 6 months and have the potential to lose even more and to keep it off with mindful eating habits and continued adherence to their program. One IBI Healthcare Institute patient tells her story of how ESG helped her to lose 114 pounds.
Weight Loss Medication Options in Tampa, Fl
Sometimes, weight loss medication can maximize patient efforts and result in weight loss success. Many patients who have been historically unsuccessful in their weight loss efforts experience success when their efforts are combined with a prescription weight loss medication.
Weight loss medications must be used under a doctor’s supervision which requires monthly visits to monitor patient progress. The most widely used weight loss medications come in pill form and the form of injections.
Prescription medication in injection form is administered in low doses and is gradually increased each month for five months until the maximum dose is reached. They help patients lose weight by promoting fat metabolization and also help to curb hunger.
Medications used as part of a comprehensive weight loss program at IBI Healthcare Institute in Tampa, FL include:
Semaglutide is a prescription drug that has been successfully used to treat diabetic patients and now is FDA-approved (as of June 2021) in higher doses under the brand name Wegovy® for the treatment of Obesity. Wegovy® comes preloaded in dispenser pens that are administered each week, only used once, and then responsibly disposed of. Wegovy is approved for adult use (18+) and can be used long-term.
The prescription drug Liraglutide (Victoza) has been around for years to treat individuals with type 2 diabetes. The same medication is also approved by the FDA under the brand name Saxenda® for treating patients 12+ years of age who suffer from obesity. Saxenda comes in a pre-filled injector pen that holds about a one-month supply and requires a replacement needle each day.
Semaglutide (same as Ozempic) has been used to treat adults with type 2 diabetes for at least a decade. SlimMed contains Semaglutide and Levocarnitine to help patients lose weight and keep it off. The combination of prescription medication contained in the IBI SlimMed Injection helps boost patient metabolism and curb hunger. It is administered in a once-weekly subcutaneous injection that is dispensed in a pre-loaded one-time-use syringe.
If you have been struggling in your attempts to lose weight through traditional channels and feel discouraged or frustrated and need some help, contact IBI Healthcare Institute today.
We understand the challenges that you are up against and would welcome the opportunity to help you succeed in reaching your weight loss goal.
To learn more about bariatric surgery or non-surgical weight loss options in Tampa that might be right for you, contact IBI Healthcare Institute today! To schedule an appointment, call us at (813) 499-0044 or make an appointment online.
IBI Healthcare Institute has several convenient office locations including our Tampa location:
5931 Webb Rd, Tampa, Florida 33615