What is Obesity?
Obesity is a complex condition caused by genetics, environment, culture, socioeconomic factors, and more.
Obesity is a serious disease that threatens the health of many Americans. Research estimates that obesity and related health problems kill over 300,000 people each year and cost over a hundred-million dollars to treat. Morbid obesity is defined as having a body mass index greater than 40.
Overcoming the obesity epidemic begins with education. Learning about the causes, risks, and effects of morbid obesity can help individuals decide how best to treat it.
In Austin, B+A is Here to Help.
B+A Surgeons have spent the last 15 years helping patients overcome this through comprehensive programs that support long-term, sustainable weight loss.
Simply put, our bodies are not designed to lose weight. Whether you’re looking for nutrition guidance, medication, weight loss surgery, or anything in-between, we have treatments to help you reach a healthier weight.
A Well-Rounded Approach to Treating Obesity
Diet and exercise are both excellent ways to attain and maintain a healthy weight. Eating a balanced diet and getting enough physical activity are traditionally very effective methods of staying at a weight in healthy proportion to height. In some cases, however, obese individuals have rapidly declining health conditions which require surgical intervention to lose hundreds of excess pounds.
When performed on appropriate candidates by skilled surgeons such as Dr. Alan Abando and Dr. Nicole Basa, bariatric surgery can be a literal life saver.
Surgeries such as the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (often performed with the daVinci Robotic Surgical System by Dr. Basa) and Sleeve gastrectomy alter the size of the stomach and reroute the digestive tract, limiting the amount of food that the patient can take in after surgery.
This leads to drastic weight loss and, in many cases, the disappearance of many co-morbid conditions.
Causes of Obesity
The direct cause of obesity, or morbid (extreme) obesity, is taking in more calories than the body needs on a daily basis. Behaviors that contribute to this include eating a diet high in sugar and fat and leading a sedentary lifestyle. But obesity is not always triggered by behavioral factors or habits alone.
Genetics is another common cause of obesity; some people are more genetically prone to gaining weight than others. Also, certain environments may lead to unhealthy eating habits and little physical activity.
Health Risks Associated with Obesity
Being overweight can do more than affect one’s appearance; obesity can have a profound impact on the health of many areas of the body, including the heart, lungs, bones, joints, and muscles. Morbid obesity is associated with a high occurrence of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure or cholesterol, and arthritis.
Obesity is most commonly associated with the following co-morbid conditions and complications:
• Heart disease • High cholesterol • Sleep Apnea • High blood pressure
• Type 2 diabetes • Osteoarthritis • Hypertension • Fertility or pregnancy
• Hypothyroidism • Urinary incontinence • And more
In addition, obesity can elevate the risk of psychological illnesses such as depression and body dysmorphic disorder. Often, drastic weight loss through bariatric surgery reduces or eliminates these health risks.
Weight Loss in Austin
Our comprehensive programs include a combination of the following treatments:
Our weight loss programs are tailored to the specific needs of each patient. Medical weight loss provides patients with medication, nutrition, and lifestyle changes for sustainable weight loss. We prescribe several medications to help spark weight loss, including semaglutide (Ozempic), B12, Phentermine, Qsymia, Topamax, Wellbutrin, and more.
As part of a comprehensive program, weight loss injections work to increase your metabolism and jump-start weight loss. We offer several weight loss injections in Austin, including B12, MICB12, and LipoStat IM. These injections are given 1 to 2 times per week along with nutrition plans and lifestyle modifications.
If you want to lose weight, finding the right diet is essential. Our registered dieticians create personalized nutrition plans to help patients reach their goals. B+A also offers the Ideal Protein Program, a structured diet program that encourages your body to use its fat reserves for energy, resulting in significant weight loss.
If you’ve tried everything and nothing seems to be working, it might be time to consider bariatric surgery. Our skilled surgeons have performed over 3,000 minimally invasive bariatric procedures, including gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, modified duodenal switch (SADI), and gastric band removal. Our comprehensive bariatric program helps patients achieve life-changing and sustainable results.
Why choose B+A Medical Wellness Center in Austin?
At B+A, you will be under the care of two of the region’s most respected medical professionals.
Our private clinic in Cedar Park was established to reflect our philosophy of care and offer leading-edge treatments for weight loss and wellness. The cornerstones of our values are innovation, uncompromising care, and respect.
Effective Treatments for Weight loss in Austin
If you are ready for a weight loss program with long-term results, it all starts with a consultation. At your consultation, we will discuss your treatment options in-depth and create a personalized care plan to reach your goals.