Weight Loss Surgery vs Weight Loss Drugs

With so many weight loss options available and all the new weight loss medications on the market, it’s hard to know “what’s the right choice for me?” It’s important to know the facts, the cost, and manage your expectations based on your individual situation and your personal weight loss goals.

Dr. Nick Nicholson, Medical Director, Bariatric Surgeon with the Nicholson Clinic, discusses weight-loss options and explains why weight loss surgery is still the safest, most effective solution for significant, lasting, weight loss.

Is Bariatric Surgery Right for Me?

Doctors look at Body Mass Index (BMI) and other obesity-related diseases (comorbidities) as an important criteria to determine whether weight loss surgery is a suitable option or not. Generally speaking, bariatric surgery is considered appropriate for people with a BMI greater than 40 or with a BMI greater than 35 and one or more obesity-related comorbidity. In certain circumstances, patients with a lower BMI, 30-34.9, may also be suitable candidates.

Weight loss surgery can kick-start your path to a healthier, longer, and more fulfilling life. Patients can in many cases experience the benefits immediately after surgery. Examples of common benefits from bariatric surgery are:


Weight Loss Surgery vs. Weight Loss Medication

Weight Loss Meds - Typically Not Covered By Insurance  Gastric Sleeve - Covered By Most Insurance or Self Pay

Weight loss surgery is the most proven, effective, long-term solution for weight loss.

While certain weight loss medications and diet programs can be effective for some, they tend to be more viable options for patients with a lower Body Mass Index (BMI) and without underlying health conditions. In addition, studies show weight loss programs, pills and injections often result in only temporary weight loss and once the medication is stopped or the program is complete, people tend to regain the weight. And this can be quite costly to sustain. In fact, we are also seeing an increasing number of insurance providers changing their policies to cover more bariatric surgery options due to the high cost of weight loss medications and temporary results.

For many, the only way to truly lose weight and keep it off is to recalibrate your system with minimally invasive weight loss surgery. Our patients are losing weight, keeping it off and enjoying life again! Get started today!

Recent Press On Weight Loss Medications

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