Obesity is a chronic medical condition very similar to hypertension, and as such requires long-term interventions:
- Lifestyle modification with respect to decreasing food intake, increasing physical activity and implementing behaviour changes related to sleep, stress and mental health.
- Medications to decrease food intake or fat absorption; and
- Bariatric surgery to modify the gut to decrease capacity to ingest, absorb nutrients and modify hormones related to hunger and satiety.
Patients are encouraged to make behavioural lifestyle changes that are realistic, long-term and focus on their health. The WMC has a variety of programs tailored to meet patient’s health expectations, quality of life and obesity management. Please choose for the following programs to assist your patients:
Medical Program (CORE):
The CORE Program is medically supervised and uses a 900-calorie meal replacement (Optifast®) on a 6 or 12-week basis depending on each patients’ needs. Regular physician visits, blood work and E.C.G. testing are all a mandatory part of this medical monitoring. Our goal is to provide patients with a safe and healthy obesity management program that uses Optifast® as a TOOL and emphasizes long-term lifestyle modifications for optimal health. The Core program is delivered by a multidisciplinary team including obesity management physicians or nurse practitioners, registered dietitians, social workers / behaviour therapists and exercise specialists.
For more information about the CORE program, please visit www.ontariobariatricnetwork.ca
The SURGICAL program is considered a more invasive type of treatment option for obesity management. It is important that patients have tried other methods of obesity management prior to considering surgery as the skills and lifestyle behaviours needed after surgery are no different than what should be in place before surgery. The surgical operation most commonly used in our centre is the Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass (RYGB) and case-by-case, the Sleeve Gastrectomy (SG). The Gastric Banding is not covered by the Ontario Ministry of Health and is not offered at our centre. Our team assesses if bariatric surgery is an option for patient as not everyone participating in the clinic is an appropriate candidate for bariatric surgery. Please note: it takes several appointments and considerable time to determine eligibility for bariatric surgery.
For more information about the Surgical program, please visit www.ontariobariatricnetwork.ca