What is a Bariatrician?
A bariatrician is a licensed physician who has received special training in bariatric medicine, which is the medical treatment of overweight and obese individuals and their associated conditions. A board certified bariatric physician addresses the obese patient with a comprehensive program of diet and nutrition, exercise, lifestyle changes, and, when indicated, the prescription of appetite suppressants and other appropriate medications. A physician-supervised medical weight loss program is a safe and effective way to lose weight and keep it off.
Having a elevated body mass index (BMI) is frequently accompanied by other medical conditions such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cancer and more. A board certified obesity specialist is trained to detect and treat these conditions, which might go undetected and untreated in a non-medical weight loss program. In many cases, the medications and procedures needed to treat these issues will no longer be required following successful weight loss.
Should I see a Bariatrician to lose weight?
The National Institute of Health (NIH) has clear guidelines for who should lose weight and how the process should be completed.
An individual should seek council from a physician or specialist if any of the following scenarios apply:
- You are more than 15-20 pounds overweight
- You have health conditions that prevent weight loss
- You are taking any medications
- You are planning to take medication to lose weight
What is a realistic expectation of my weight loss results?
Over the first month, individuals typically lose 4.6% of their starting weight. Other programs and regimes report only 5-6% of weight loss over the course of six months to a year. Our program has been clinically proven to work at only a fraction of the time and cost of others.
Not only does our program assist individuals looking to lose weight quickly, but we reduce the risk of obesity related illnesses and gaining the weight back in the long run. Over 80% of patients that schedule at least three appointments lose enough weight to reduce their risk of diabetes by 50%. Furthermore, the majority of our patients who lose 10% or more of their starting body weight take part in a maintenance plan, helping them to keep excess weight from coming back.
Why should I consult a weight loss specialist?
A medical weight loss specialist has undergone many years of education, professional training, and testing to become officially certified under the American Board of Obesity Medicine.
Dr. Kessler offers a program focusing not only on weight loss but also on maintaining your target weight. His skills include centers on each patient’s needs both tangible and intangible, creating an individualized experience.
Individuals that undergo a clinical weight loss treatment, opposed to self-prescribed diet plans, exercise, or supplements, have the resources and support that they need to lose weight quicker, easier, and more efficiently. Furthermore, weight loss specialists provide an individual with a safe, healthy, customized regime that will focus on their personal needs.
Which tests are used in initial examinations?
Dr. Kessler only orders blood tests and EKGs (electrocardiograms) that he feels are absolutely necessary for each patient. If labs and EKG can be brought from your Primary Care Physician, it may save additional fees. Please contact our office for tests that pertain to your individual situation.
Why should I choose your program over others?
Dr. Kessler provides successful treatment to individuals that have failed to lose weight in the past, and has glowing referrals from former patients and other physicians. Furthermore, he frequently keeps up with clinical leaders and modern news about obesity medicine to provide each patient with the best possible individual experience.
- Results that are proven to be successful
- Years of experience
- Compassion and Individual attention
- Advanced scientific understanding
- Prices that are affordable to most everyone
The American Obesity Medical Association has a professional criteria that all Bariatricians are required to follow. These “principles of excellence” include:
- Putting the patients’ interests and welfare first
- Providing truthful and confidential information to the patient
- Cooperating fully with other physicians in providing the best medical care to each patient.