Weight Loss Program Overview
Any successful weight loss plan includes counseling and social support from your peers. We don't try to micromanage your life — we help you through the process of goal setting, and selection of the food and exercise plan that best meets your needs.
Get Started Visit
At your first visit, we will take inventory of the way weight has affected your life and how weight loss might improve your health. We'll assess your needs and goals, and help you choose a comprehensive plan to help you succeed. Our goal is to ensure every patient is offered access to nutrition, activity and emotional coaching if they would like it. Learn more about the "get started" visit.
Optional Weight Loss Methods for Some Patients
Lifestyle Management and Nutrition Counseling
A team of skilled, registered dietitians provides comprehensive lifestyle education and nutritional monitoring, including possible meal replacement plans. Virginia Mason partners with YMCA's throughout Western Washtingon to offer a one-year intensive virtual or in-person group weight loss program.
FDA-approved Weight Loss Medications
FDA-approved medications have been proven in clinical trials to improve the chances of weight loss success. Medications can help block hunger and food cravings, reduce binge eating tendencies, or help control meal and portion sizes. Learn more about medications.
Endoscopic Options for Weight Loss
An endoscope is a thin flexible tube that gastroenterologists carefully maneuver throughout the gastrointestinal tract to treat obesity non-invasively. A gastric balloon helps you eat less and feel fuller for longer due to a balloon placed into the stomach endoscopically. In AspireAssist, a small tube inserted into your stomach connects to a low-profile button on the surface of your skin, through which some of your stomach contents are emptied after eating.
Weight loss surgery can cause dramatic weight loss that often has long-lasting effects to improve health. Virginia Mason is accredited as a comprehensive program through the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accredited Quality Improvement Program. We offer Roux-en-Y (gastric bypass) and sleeve gastrectomy, in addition to revising previous bariatric surgeries. Learn more about bariatric surgery.