Pros and Cons of Weight-Loss Drugs

With the rise in popularity of weight-loss injectables, there are also rising concerns about the potential of serious side effects from using these injectables. Weight-loss drugs and injectables can be an effective short-term strategy, but the long-term success and tolerance for side effects of these medications is still being researched. 

While drugs like Ozempic and Wegovy can help people lose significant amounts of weight, the drugs may be delivering more than weight loss. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been receiving reports of severe gastroparesis, also known as stomach paralysis, from those using these drugs to lose weight. Gastroparesis is a condition that slows or stops food from moving from the stomach to the small intestine. 

Ozempic and Wegovy contain semaglutide, which is a synthetic version of a hormone known as GLP-1. The body releases GLP-1 into the intestine when people eat food. The release of this hormone leads to a reduced appetite and slows down stomach emptying, which may contribute to feeling full. 

Ozempic was initially sold as a diabetes medication, while Wegovy is specifically for weight loss. According to the drug’s labels, side effects can include gastrointestinal issues, including abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. 

New York Bariatric Group surgeon Dr. Sherard Chiu says speaking to a weight loss specialist is your best option. “Much information regarding injectable weight-loss medications is coming out, and more and more are focused on the negatives of the medications in terms of weight loss. Patients must be warned of these side effects and that medications are only a temporary solution to a much larger problem. We want our patients to be successful in their weight loss journey and recommend speaking with one of our physicians to see what may be a best fit for them.” 

New York Bariatric Group: Weight Loss Leader 

New York Bariatric Group’s doctor-supervised medical weight loss program is committed to patient safety and well-being. Patients benefit from regular monitoring and follow-up appointments. This ongoing supervision allows doctors to make necessary adjustments to a patient’s treatment plan based on their progress and any changes in their health status. It ensures that the weight-loss journey is personalized and optimized for each individual, leading to more effective outcomes. 

New York Bariatric Group is a leader in long-term weight-loss solutions. It’s bariatric practice is
the best around and they have the numbers to prove it:

  • Over 30 surgeons who are leaders in bariatrics, plastic surgery, veins, and medical weight loss.
  • 36,000 successful procedures performed with more every day
  • The #1 gastric balloon practice by volume – most balloons placed in the United States
  • Access to online seminars, support groups, cooking demos, and Q-and-A sessions
  • 100s of videos for patients explaining procedures, answering common questions, and showcasing previous patients
  • Multiple offices located in three states; NY, NJ, CT
  • Since 2000, we boast over 23 years of success!

All of our hospitals are Metabolic Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement
Program (MBSAQIP) accredited facilities, which is a prestigious designation bestowed upon
only the top quality bariatric programs.

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Pros and Cons of Weight-Loss Drugs

Thomas

Lost 145lbs

Thomas' success story

I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man.

Everybody treated me like a king. The day of surgery, I was excited. The hospital couldn’t be any nicer. I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man. My recovery was awesome. I was out of bed that day. My wife and kids were my motivation on getting this surgery. They are my whole life. I’m happy I’m going to be around for them.

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Nicole

Lost 76lbs

Nicole's success story

I hit my goal weight ... and I feel fabulous

I had the gastric bypass. I am Type 2 Diabetic and I wanted to gain control of my sugar. I hit my goal weight in about 5 and half months and I feel fabulous. The procedure has completely changed my life for the better because it has empowered me as a middle aged woman that I can really do everything and anything that I want to do. I don't put an age on anything. I don't say I'm too old for something.

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Robert

Lost 76lbs

Robert's success story

I was tired of the way I looked. I was tired of the way I felt.

I knew if I didn't change something soon, I was going to be in a lot of trouble. The consultation process was a lot easier than I expected. I was met with open arms. I was treated like I was the only patient here. Not only did they answer all of my questions, they had questions for me to make sure I was the right candidate for the surgery. After surgery and that weight started dropping off, my life started changing for the better.

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Samantha

Lost 92lbs

Samantha's success story

I feel like a completely different person.

I had the gastric sleeve procedure. The driving factor behind me getting this procedure was my health. I didn't feel good physically or mentally. I had joint pains, even standing was difficult sometimes. Emotionally, this surgery completely turned my life around. I have so much more confidence. So much more happiness. I feel like a completely different person. I feel stronger. I feel able to accomplish more.

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Eileen

Lost 99lbs

Eileen's success story

It saved my life.

The driving factor behind me getting my procedure was that I couldn't get up off the floor with my granddaughter. That was my why. That was my big reason for having this surgery done. After surgery, it was a little bit of a struggle with what to eat. What you put in your mouth that you don't even think about. You don't think about what you're eating or how you're eating and portion size. It's what I do now every single day. The procedure has changed my life in so many ways. It saved my life.

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Brittany

Lost 126lbs

Brittany's success story

I am totally comfortable in my own skin.

I think I always grew up identifying myself as less than other people because I was fat. I decided to tackle that and just live my life. I had a sleeve gastrectomy. It changed how I view myself. How I communicate with people. I'm able to be much more of myself and live the life I always thought I should have been living. I am totally comfortable in my own skin