At the Weight Management Center, our University of Minnesota Physicians bring together the resources and expertise to help adults and older teens whose health and well-being are impacted by extra weight. We specialize in patients who are seeking a non-surgical, long-term approach to weight loss.
Getting to a healthy weight is tough. We understand there is more to weight gain than just calorie or energy imbalance. As we assess your situation and design a treatment plan, we take into account all the factors that are contributing to you being overweight.
We’ll help you move towards a healthier weight by designing a comprehensive, individualized treatment plan based on academic-based research and understanding of excess weight. Our goal is to help you be successful in achieving long-term weight loss with improved health and self- esteem.
Medical Weight Management + Weight-Loss Surgery
If you do decide to have weight-loss surgery, our medical weight management care team collaborates with our surgeons before and after surgery to ensure each patient has a personalized nutrition and follow-up plan. For those who are severely obese, losing weight prior to surgery is usually required - we're here to help you achieve your weight loss goals prior to surgery. And afterwards, we offer ways to help you stay on track as you move toward a newer lifestyle. Through this collaborative approach, we are changing the way people approach weight-loss and weight-loss surgery at University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview.
How Medical Weight Management Could Help You
Our patients usually suffer from one or more of the following:
- Chronic disease
- Diminished quality of life
- Long term use of medications that promote weight gain
- Endocrine disorders (diabetes, PCOS, metabolic syndrome)
- Post organ transplant or waiting for organ transplant
- Back or joint pain
- Need for rapid weight loss because of serious medical condition
- Physical or psychological needs or injuries that impact normal weight regulation
- Re-gain after weight loss surgery
- Low fertility
- Strong family history of weight related diseases
- Multiple failed attempts at weight loss
Treatment includes ongoing comprehensive assessment and treatment and my include any of the following:
- Dietary education and support
- Pharmacological review and/or targeted medication trial
- Exercise capacity evaluation and prescription
- Psychological counseling
- Referral to other medical specialists: Sleep Medicine, Cardiology, Pulmonology, Psychiatry
- Referral to rehab therapy: Physical Therapy, Lymphedema therapy