What to Know About Medical Weight Loss at Virginia Mason Franciscan Health

Losing weight in a safe and sustainable manner provides an abundance of health benefits, including lower blood pressure, lesser risk of heart disease and better sleep, to name a few. At Virginia Mason Franciscan Health, we believe in improving your overall health and wellbeing in any way we can. We’re excited to announce our new comprehensive weight loss program, offering bariatric surgery and non-surgical weight loss solutions.

We know that figuring out how to begin your weight loss journey can seem daunting, and our specialized clinicians are here to help. Our Medical Weight Loss program deploys multiple treatment options that have been proven in clinical trials to greatly improve the chances of success.

In this blog post, we’ve answered a few frequently asked questions surrounding our Medical Weight Loss program to get you on your way to healthier living.

Who is this program for?

If you’re seeking to improve your health and quality of life by means of losing weight, Medical Weight Loss might be for you. But there are also a few other factors to consider, such as Body Mass Index (BMI) and other underlying conditions.

BMI is the measure of fat in a person’s body as it compares to a person’s height and weight. An ideal candidate for this program may have a BMI greater than 30, or one greater than 27 with other weight-related disorders such as diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea and polycystic ovarian syndrome.

How does this program work?

Medical Weight Loss is a patient-driven and initiated program, meaning you have an active role to play in choosing your overall treatment. We offer many methods through this program, including lifestyle management, nutrition counseling, and FDA-approved medications and other weight loss options based on your unique needs.

Our highly skilled care team, comprised of experienced physicians, nurse practitioners and registered dieticians, will work with you every step of the way to ensure you’re set up for optimal-results and to achieve your overarching goals.

What sets this program apart from other weight loss programs?

A vast majority of weight loss resources speak to a broad audience, usually via classes, books or videos. The fact is that losing weight is a very personal process and there is no one-size-fits-all approach, with various elements coming into play including genetics, age, sex and lifestyle habits.

Medical Weight Loss offers a level of personalized care you won’t receive by attending a nutritional seminar. Instead, you can be involved in key decisions about your treatment that are tailored to your specific situation, allowing you to work with your provider to determine the best course of care.

Plus, with a wide range of participating clinics across Washington state, our providers are likely within, or near, the community you call home.

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