Despite what the ads on television may have you believe, weight loss isn’t easy, and keeping it off is even harder. Board-certified gastroenterologist Shahla Rah, MD, FACG, specializes in nutrition and weight loss and offers nonsurgical weight loss treatments, plus nutrition guidance for overall health and wellness at both her offices in Newport Beach and Irvine, California. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Rah to discuss your weight loss options, call the office nearest to you today or request an appointment online.
Nonsurgical weight loss refers to medical procedures that support your desire to lose weight, but without the need for surgery. Weight loss surgery typically means gastric bypass surgery — a procedure that removes a portion of your stomach to help you eat less.
While weight loss surgery is effective, it’s not for everyone. Dr. Rah offers a nonsurgical weight loss treatment using the gastric balloon, which is placed in your stomach to reduce stomach size and help you feel full faster so you eat less. The concept of the gastric balloon is similar to gastric bypass surgery, however, the balloon is removed after a set period of time. Gastric bypass surgery can’t be reversed.
Dr. Rah determines if you’re a good candidate for the gastric balloon during a weight loss consultation. She may consider you a good candidate if you’ve tried other diets in the past without success, you have a health condition such as diabetes or hypertension, and your body mass index is between 30 and 40.
After placement of your gastric balloon, Dr. Rah provides you with a diet plan that provides step-by-step instructions on what to eat and how to advance your diet. During the first week, she suggests you stick with high-protein liquids. Then, over the next three to four weeks, she has you slowly advance your diet from pureed to soft to solid foods as tolerated, with a focus on foods that are high in protein and rich in nutrients.
Dr. Rah keeps in close contact with you during this transitional period.
Your gastric balloon is temporary and Dr. Rah determines when it should be removed, which may be six months after its initial placement. Once your stomach is back to its usual size, Dr. Rah provides dietary counseling to help you maintain your weight loss.
She takes a holistic approach to care, and may also talk to you about your gut health and its impact on your health and wellness.
To learn more about the nonsurgical weight loss treatments offered by Shahla Rah, MD, FACG, call either office today or use the online booking button to request an appointment now.