Bariatrics in Charleston
East Cooper Bariatric Surgery is committed to improving the health of our community by educating individuals about the importance of healthy behaviors and empowering them to make changes in their lives.
Medically Managed Weight Loss Program
At East Cooper Bariatric Surgery, we appreciate that the Disease of Obesity is complex and can be a life long struggle and journey. As such we realize that no single treatment option for obesity is suitable for everyone. For patients not interested in Surgical or Endoscopic treatments of their obesity, we offer a Medically Managed Weight Loss Program. We are committed to help you in your struggle by whatever means you choose.
Our Medically Managed Weight Loss Program consists of regularly scheduled visits with a Physician and Registered Dietitian. A custom nutritional plan and exercise program will be developed for you, taking into account your medical history, lifestyle, prior weight loss attempts and dietary preferences. Additionally, in combination with your Custom Weight Loss Plan, we can prescribe Weight Loss Medication to help make your Weight Loss Journey more successful.
If you’re interested in our Medically Managed Weight Loss Program please contact our office and we will be happy to assist you. (843) 352- 4154
Weight Loss Resources
Why Weight Loss Surgery?
If you’re overweight and have struggled to lose weight and keep it off, there are many reasons to consider weight loss surgery.
Perhaps diabetes is something people in your family have learned to accept. Now is the time to fight against common health conditions like diabetes, heart disease and joint disease. Now is the time to gain confidence in yourself and solve some of your health problems, as well as head off some you may not have yet.
Carrying excess weight puts you at risk for numerous health problems. They may not show up for several years, but eventually extra weight may cause:
- Breathing problems
- Chronic headaches
- Heart problems
- High blood pressure
- Sleep apnea
Is Surgery Right for Me?
Weight loss surgery isn’t right for everyone, but it is a very helpful tool for many who have struggled with losing weight and keeping it off.
You may want to consider surgery if:
- You are 80 to 100 pounds overweight or have a BMI* of 40 or higher.
- You have a BMI of 35 or higher AND weight-related conditions like Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease, joint disease or sleep apnea.
- You understand and accept your eating habits must change after surgery.
- You want to make the necessary lifestyle changes.
What is BMI*?
BMI stands for Body Mass Index, and it is a tool to measure mass based on your weight in relation to your height. Your BMI can help gauge your risk of certain diseases that can occur in people who have a higher percentage of body mass. The higher your BMI, the higher your risk may be. A BMI of 40 is about 80 to 100 pounds over “normal” weight.
Asolescent Bariatric Surgery
Who may qualify for adolescent bariatric surgery?
- Be 13-18 years old
- Have reached physical and psychological maturity. Our patients must be mature enough to understand the benefits and risks of this treatment.
- BMI greater or equal to 35 kg/m2 with major co-morbidity including:
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus
- Moderate to severe sleep apnea [apnea-hypopnea index >15]
- Pseudotumor cerebri
- Severe NASH
- BMI of greater or equal to 40 kg/m2 with other co-morbidities including:
- Insulin resistance
- Glucose intolerance
- Substantially impaired quality of life or activities of daily living
- Sleep apnea [apnea-hypopnea index >5]
- Have actively attempted to lose weight in a medically supervised program.
Our program works closely with your pediatrician to develop a personalized program for you. It could be several months of clinic visits, dietician visits, and support groups. This means we will see you every month at our clinic and develop a close relationship. These visits happen before we ever start talking about surgery. We use a multidisciplinary approach to treating our patients, and we review each patient on a case by case basis to determine when they are psychologically and physiologically ready to proceed with surgery.
Your team will consist of a surgeon, pediatric physician, dietitian and child psychologist. We are here to help you on your journey. From scheduling your first visit, all the way to surgery and beyond, we will provide you with the education and support you need. We encourage open communication with our patients and their family members to best help you succeed. This involves creating a partnership with you and the bariatric team. Our program will provide you with all the information needed month by month to get you ready for surgery and to stay on track for the rest of your life.