Weight Management and the Well-Woman Exam

Carolyn Newberry, MD


April 03, 2023

Excess weight and obesity are increasingly problematic as women age, making the well-woman medical exam an important opportunity for discussing strategies beyond diet and exercise.

In this ReCAP, Dr Carolyn Newberry, from Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York, discusses the range of weight-loss medications and surgical options currently available.

She explains medication guidelines that focus on body mass index and comorbidities, and discusses older pharmaceutical therapies such as liraglutide, phentermine-topiramate, and naltrexone-bupropion combinations; as well as newer medications, including semaglutide and tirzepatide.

For patients who are appropriate candidates for surgical interventions, Dr Newberry explains several endoscopic options and more traditional sleeve gastrectomy or gastric bypass procedures to reduce stomach capacity, appetite, or both.


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