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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.

Caroline A. Andrew, MD, and Sue Yu, RD