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HSS Weight Management

A strategic and optimal approach to weight loss

Losing weight, and keeping it off, can be extremely challenging. Most people know how hard it is to lose weight and how easy it is to gain. It can be even more difficult for people who have pain or stiffness that limits their movement. At the same time, maintaining a healthy weight is especially important for people with musculoskeletal conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or gout.

HSS Weight Management is here to help

At HSS, we want to help you achieve weight loss so that you can live every day feeling healthier, and so you can keep moving. In the past, you may have tried different diets or exercise programs to lose weight. At HSS, we offer a novel approach to weight loss, in a medically supervised format. We understand that weight is a complex issue with several factors at play. Genetics, medications, and certain medical conditions such as diabetes and sleep disorders are examples of elements that can contribute to weight gain that are out of your control. We understand the challenges of losing weight on your own. That’s why we are here to support you along the way.

If you are being referred by your surgeon for weight loss prior to an operation, we will work alongside you and your surgeon to get you to surgery as quickly as possible. We will focus on helping you get into a healthier state before surgery, so as to set you up for success after the procedure.

How can weight loss help you?

  • Your joint pain will improve. Studies have shown that even 5% weight loss can improve joint pain significantly.
  • You can decrease any risk related to surgery. Weight loss can decrease your chance of developing an infection after surgery, in addition to other complications.
  • You can improve the durability of your joint replacement. Starting a weight loss plan can ensure that your new joint will keep you moving without pain for a longer amount of time.
  • You can decrease your risk of developing diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, even certain types of cancer. If you already have diabetes or heart disease, it can improve those conditions and potentially cure them.

What to expect at HSS Weight Management

As part of the program you will be able to:

  • Meet individually with a physician and a registered dietitian who specialize in weight management
  • Undergo a comprehensive assessment that takes into account your medical and weight history, reviews medications that might be contributing to weight gain, and evaluates for other possible medical conditions that may be playing a role
  • Receive a personalized treatment plan from a physician and dietitian – this plan will include dietary and lifestyle modification and, potentially, the use of medications to assist with weight loss
  • Follow up regularly with a physician and dietitian in order to closely monitor progress and make adjustments as needed to the treatment plan

Call 212.606.1570 today to schedule an appointment with HSS Weight Management.

Image: Photo of Dr. Caroline Andrew.

Caroline A. Andrew, MD, is an assistant attending physician at HSS. She is board certified in internal medicine and fellowship trained in obesity medicine. Dr. Andrew’s practice helps patients meet their optimal weight loss goals through lifestyle modification, the use of medications and minimally invasive procedures, ultimately benefiting their health, as well as improving their quality of life.

She takes a personalized and compassionate approach to weight loss, performing an initial comprehensive assessment and tailoring recommendations to a patient’s specific history and presentation. Dr. Andrew is a firm believer in the implementation of individualized treatment plans

 

Image: Photo of Sue Xiao Yu, MS, RD, CDN, CDE.

Sue Xiao Yu, MS, RD, CDN, CDE, is a clinical nutritionist at HSS. A graduate of New York University, Sue has more than 15 years of experience helping patients manage chronic diseases including diabetes, rheumatic diseases and bone health through individualized nutrition counseling. Additionally, Sue is a certified diabetes educator with specialty training in obesity interventions for adults.

She strongly believes that, with proper nutrition, patients can achieve their target weight loss or blood glucose management. Sue is passionate about helping and guiding patients to achieve good health through better food choices and proper nutrition.