The Medical Weight Control Center (WCC) in the Division of Endocrinology at Columbia University Medical Center is one of the most highly regarded non-surgical weight management programs in the region. This Center helps patients to lose and manage their weight through a physician-supervised program including biochemical analysis, medication management (if applicable), dietary recommendations, education and lifestyle changes. Recommendations are individualized to meet the needs and goals of each patient. Services include visits with the physician or dietitian or our group program. A supervised liquid meal replacement diet is also available.
The Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery collaborates with the WCC to care for patients at various stages during their journey toward a healthy weight and beyond.
Some patients begin their care at the WCC and are later referred to the Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery for surgical evaluation because they are not losing sufficient weight through non-surgical methods. In other cases, patients begin at the Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery, and are referred to the WCC in order to try non-surgical methods of weight control first. Sometimes participation in a non-surgical weight loss program is a requirement of insurance companies before they will reimburse for surgery or is recommended in order to reduce risk of surgical complications. Lastly, patients may be referred to the WCC after surgery if they regain a significant amount of weight.