What Options Are Available Besides Bariatric Surgery?

I am a 43-year-old female, 180 lbs, BMI30, no health problems. I have been exercising at least 5 days a week for over a year and have not lost weight. I would like to have bariatric surgery but I do not qualify for it. What options exist for people like me? I mean, aside from diet and exercise, as it clearly does not work?

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What Options Are Available Besides Bariatric Surgery?

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The FDA has approved some medications that help with weight loss if your BMI is at least 27 or higher. The medications that have been around for a while are phentermine and diethylpropion. The newest medications approved for obesity include Liraglutide, orlistat (Xenical) , lorcaserin (Belviq), phentermine-topiramate (Qsymia), and bupropion/naltrexone (Contrave). These medications have the best results when coupled with a clinician monitored nutrition and exercise plan. You can find a Bariatrician, medical doctor that specializes in weight loss medicine, in your area by searching on the asbp website.


San Antonio Bariatric Surgeon

Weight loss surgery with BMI of 30

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Presently there are no bariatric surgical procedures that you qualify for.  We hoping that the Lap-Band will be approved by the FDA in the next 6 - 8 months and then you will qualify but insurance would not cover the procedure.

Weight loss surgery for low BMI patients

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A patient with a low BMI (30) and no medical problems is hard to justify a weight loss surgery procedure. Even a lap band has complication and would be too agressive to do on a pt with a BMI of 30.  Currently patients with diabetes and a BMI of 32 would be a better candidate for this surgery when talking about patients with a "low BMI".

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