Health: New Year New You
The holiday season is in full swing, which means festive dinners with family and friends, toasting to the holidays and the New Year, and overindulgence all around. Though it’s easy to get wrapped up in the holidays, oftentimes all of the fun and festivities can wreak havoc on our waistlines. Fortunately, there is a non-surgical weight loss procedure that can help you stay on track when nibbling from endless buffets and sipping from bottomless bottles of wine.
ReShape is a new, FDA-approved approach to weight loss that was specially designed for people who have a lower BMI (between 30 and 40), with big results. Dr. Jatin Bidani, a board certified gastroenterologist with nearly 30 years of experience, is the only doctor in the Tampa Bay-area who performs the ReShape procedure.
During an out-patient procedure of just about 15 to 20 minutes, Dr. Bidani will gently insert two connected balloons endoscopically. When they are in place, the balloons are inflated, resulting in the sensation of patients feeling full and satiated. Six months after the balloons are initially placed, they’re removed, but that doesn’t mean the treatment is over.
Following the procedure, patients have the full support not only of Dr. Bidani and his team, but complimentary access to a food coach and dietitian for a full year as well. In addition, there is the online portal that patients can access to not only track their progress in regards to exercise and food consumption, but interact with online support groups, too. What’s more, ReShape patients continue to eat the foods that they enjoy, just in smaller portions.
“We keep in close contact with our patients,” said Dr. Bidani. “After theprocedure, (with the balloons) they feel full and notice that with the dietary and food coaching, they see significant weight loss. We’re making lifestyle modifications, and our patients not only are losing weight, but they’re keeping it off.”
In the six months Dr. Bidani has been offering the ReShape procedure, he has seen his patients’ successes: his first patient lost 35 pounds in four months, while another went from a 46-inch waist to a 36-inch waist, and yet another dropped from a size 22W to 18 in just six weeks. To introduce Tampa Bay-area residents to ReShape, Dr. Bidani is offering complimentary office consultations through the end of the year, “to promote good health.”
“Why not be lean for 2017,” he asks.