Whether a health concern or the desire to shed a few pounds to maintain a healthier lifestyle is the force driving you to consider a weight loss option, North Shore residents won’t have to travel far to have their needs met. That is the promise of the Slidell Comprehensive Weight Loss Center, which opened Tuesday (May 16) at Ochsner Medical Center – North Shore in Slidell.
Located at 1850 E. Gause Blvd. directly in front of Ochsner Medical Center – North Shore, the Slidell Comprehensive Weight Loss Center is a joint effort between Slidell Memorial Hospital and Ochsner Medical Center – North Shore. The center touts a level of medical, surgical and non-surgical weight-loss services previously unavailable in eastern St. Tammany.
Bill Davis, CEO of Slidell Memorial Hospital and Ochsner Medical Center – North Shore, said the opening marks a significant milestone in the partnership between the two hospitals and “is yet another example of our shared vision to offer additional, specialized health services to the Slidell market and beyond.”
Education and health coaching for every body type will be available at the center, where approximately a half-dozen medically-trained staff members will provide services and procedures including laparoscopic gastric sleeve procedure and bypass procedures, robotic bariatric revision procedures, dietician consultations, bariatric financial counseling services, and the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method. Ideal Protein consists of low carbohydrates, moderate protein, and a four-phase protocol that includes meal replacement products and diet-provided meats and vegetables.
“We want to ensure that our patients are fully-educated and are able to make an informed decision before choosing the weight loss program that will work best for them,” said Dr. Asahel Gridley.
Gridley, nicknamed “Ace”, said some people don’t want or don’t require surgery. For those people, education and a smorgasbord of viable options are keys to success.
The patients Gridley has treated range in age from 18-82, and though their goal is the same – weight loss – their motivations are as diverse as the patients themselves. They want to avoid developing conditions to which they’re genetically predisposed. They want to improve their mobility. They want to get on the floor and play with their grandchildren. They want to go shopping.
For everyone – patients and non-patients alike – Gridley prescribes education: Understand the types of food you eat and how they make you feel; triggers that motivate your desire to eat and how they can be sidestepped; places that affect the food choices you make and how simple strategies such as an advance menu review could help you manage the situation.
“The most important side to all of this is educating yourself,” he said. “If we could all get that under control, we’d be one step closer to being healthier.”
To learn more about weight loss options, call 985.238.2519.
Comprehensive Weight Loss Center opens at Ochsner in Slidell