Weight Loss

Weight Loss services offered in Allentown and Bethlehem, PA

More than two-thirds of adults in Pennsylvania are overweight or obese, and the numbers keep rising. John Scaffidi, MD, FABOM, FACOG, and Maneesh Ailawadi, MD, FSSO, at Lehigh Valley Weight Loss, with offices in Allentown and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, have decided to tackle the obesity epidemic and have helped thousands of people lose weight and get healthy with their integrative state-of-the-art-program, which offers lifestyle modifications with or without medications and/or surgery. To learn more about how they can help you achieve your goals, call the office today or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.

Weight Loss Q&A

What is medical weight loss?

Dr. Scaffidi and Dr. Ailawadi know better than anyone how much you struggle to lose weight, often losing and regaining the weight over and over again.

To better understand your specific weight-loss needs, we will first conduct a thorough evaluation, which includes a physical exam, review of your medications, medical history, and lifestyle choices. We may require labwork and / or an abdominal ultrasound as well.

While weight loss may be your primary goal, your provider may also focus on fixing any underlying health issue while you start a weight-loss program.

The plan focuses on teaching you simple lifestyle changes that you can easily incorporate into your life. If needed, Dr. Scaffidi and his team prescribe medication to assist you in your weight loss efforts.

Do I need to follow a strict diet for medical weight loss?

Diets, strict, fad, or otherwise never work long term. The medical weight-loss program shows you how to incorporate simple and sustainable healthy eating habits that you can take anywhere you go for the rest of your life.

If you’re severely overweight, or have serious medical problems related to your weight, you might be eligible for bariatric (weight loss) surgery. Following this surgery,  a healthy eating program is still vital for all surgical patients to ensure a significant weight loss while remaining healthy after the procedure.

Do I need to exercise?

Our team will create a physical activity plan for you to follow to help you lose weight and improve your health. The exercise plan is designed to fit your fitness levels and weight-loss goals.

Patients who have severe weight challenges that qualify them for bariatric surgery should also increase their activity levels. Getting into good habits before your operation improves your health and increases your chances of significant sustained weight loss.

Is there medication available for medical weight loss?

If you’re struggling to lose weight or you have health issues that would benefit from weight loss, Dr. Scaffidi and his team may prescribe weight-loss medication, either oral or injectable, to help you reach your goals and improve your health.

These medications act as tools combined with the above techniques to maximize your results and improve your health.

Patients with a lot of weight to lose also have a choice of several advanced weight loss surgeries. These include Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery (RYGB), gastric sleeve, and the duodenal switch or SIPS (stomach intestinal pylorus sparing) surgery.

For a physician-supervised medical weight-loss plan, call Lehigh Valley Weight Loss or schedule a consultation using the online booking button.