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Medical Non-Surgical Weight Management

About the program

Our dedicated team of experts is committed to helping people meet and maintain their weight goals. Whether it’s to lose weight for an upcoming surgery, to address a medical condition or simply to reach a personal weight goal, we offer medically supervised, non-surgical weight management options that are safe and effective. This includes nutritional counseling, medication, meal replacement programs, individual and endoscopic procedures.

Losing weight through medical weight management can help improve and sometimes cure many health conditions associated with obesity, including:

  • Cancer Risk
  • Diabetes
  • Fatty Liver
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Joint Disease
  • Sexual Health
  • Sleep Apnea

What to expect

The first step is to learn about your specific goals. You may need to lose a certain amount of body weight to help in the treatment of a disease. We will work with you in deciding which interventions are best for you based on your goals and explain the advantages and disadvantages of the various options, but the choice will depend primarily on the patient.

Our services

We provide therapies under the medical supervision of obesity experts. Patients can choose from the full range of tested interventions:

Nutrition Counseling

Nutrition counseling goes hand-in-hand with medical weight management. Each patient will have a personal visit with a registered dietitian who has advanced training in weight management.

OPTIFAST® program

OPTIFAST® is a medically monitored weight management program that allows patients, under the supervision of a physician, to consume a low-calorie diet and receive comprehensive lifestyle education. The OPTIFAST® program provides full meal replacement for 12 weeks and transitions to self-prepared “everyday” meals in conjunction with comprehensive patient education and support, to help patients achieve long-term weight management.


All medications are used as part of a comprehensive program that includes proper nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. Medications will lead to an average weight loss of 8-14% of your total body weight.

Liraglutide (Saxenda®)
This is a daily, self-injectable prescription medicine. It helps to regulate hunger and satiety, which can lead to eating fewer calories.
A single pill that contains two medications (naltrexone and bupropion) that is taken twice a day. It will reduce appetite and cravings.
A pill taken once in the morning that can cause appetite suppression and weight loss.
A single pill that contains two medications (phentermine and topiramate), and is taken once a day in the morning. It also leads to decreased appetite and weight loss.
A pill that reduces absorption of fat and is taken three times a day around meal times.

Individual counseling

In addition to the medical management of weight, improved health, and well-being, our program offers support through individual counseling.

Endoscopic interventions

Endoscopic interventions are rapidly developing and providing innovative weight management options. Orbera® gastric balloon is one example of an intervention performed at Yale New Haven Hospital.


A ratio of weight to height called Body Mass Index (BMI) is generally used to classify degrees of overweight. A BMI over 25 is referred to as overweight, while BMI over 30 is referred to as obese. Currently, anti-obesity medications are approved for those with a BMI over 27, who also have another health condition (such as hypertension, hyperlipidemia, or diabetes mellitus) or BMI over 30.

Body Mass Index Tools

Surgical Options

If weight-loss surgery is required, Yale New Haven Health’s bariatric surgeons are available to help with the latest, most proven techniques.


40 Temple Street
Suite 1A
New Haven, CT 06510

4A Devine St
North Haven, CT 06473

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