Getting started with the CurryCare app!

Getting Started with the CurryCare App

“CurryCare” is an iPhone/Android app that integrates with our own wireless bioimpedance scale and wireless activity/sleep tracker.  It enables our team to remain in close communication with you, alerts us when you may be deviating from your program, and gives us objective data on your food intake to help keep you on track with your weight loss goals.  We offer the scale/tracker combo for just $99 at any of our office locations and the app is free! To get started, go to the iOS or Android app store and download the CurryCare app.

  • Open the app and tap on “Don’t have an account?  SIGN UP”
  • Enter personal info, create a password, and choose which office you will most commonly visit.
  • After you have completed all the fields, click “Create Account” at the bottom.
  • Scroll through the mini-tutorial pages and you will be at the home page and ready to go!

The first thing to do is to populate goals in your Profile.  Access this by tapping on the 3 horizontal bars at the very upper left-hand corner of the app, then tapping on “Profile.”  The first 3 tabs should already be complete, so just tap on “Goals.”

  • Weight goal
      • Use the slider to set your weight goal.  Talk to your team about what a reasonable goal weight should be for your particular program.
  • Daily steps goal
      • Typically a minimum of 10,000 is recommended, however for some patients this is not practical at first.  Just start with a goal somewhere and you can increase it with time.
  • Daily water goal
      • Start with a minimum of 64 ounces.  If you are working out a lot you may need to increase this!
  • Daily sleep goal
      • Typically this should be 8 hours.
  • Daily calories goal
    • Discuss this with your dietitian.  They will be able to send a message in your app that has goals for calories, protein, carbs, etc.

Once you complete these, tap on the left arrow at the top to get back to the home screen.

Home Screen Sections

Weight (upper left):  If you are using the integrated bluetooth scale from our office, this is where you go each morning to weigh-in by syncing your scale (you need to put batteries in it first). When you first get up, after you empty your bladder, just tap on “Weigh In” and step up on your scale in your bare feet. Stay still for about 10 seconds and the app will notify you on the screen when the sync is complete!

Steps (upper right):  If you are using the integrated tracker from our office, this is where you go to sync your steps.  It’s a good idea several times throughout the day to tap on the “Sync tracker” button and then the “Sync now” button on the next page to update your steps.

Calories (middle):  This section will show your daily calorie intake goal, your consumed calories that you’ve tracked thus far, and your remaining available calories to be consumed for the day.

Water:  Tap on this as you consume fluids through the day to track your intake.

Supplements:  For most programs the dietitians will be recommending vitamins and/or supplements to be taken twice a day.  After your complete your morning regimen, tap here to go to the Supplements screen and hit the plus button and then Save.  You will see on the home screen that your morning supplements will indicate that they are completed. Do the same for your evening regimen.

Other Important Areas

Messages:  Here you can send private messages to the team member of your choice, and we can send you messages as well.  Currently the app does not support notifications iOS, so you will need to log in to look for messages. This feature will be coming soon!

Scheduling:  In the future, dietitians and providers will be making some time available for scheduling through the app for phone or virtual appointments.  Stay tuned for this as it’s coming soon.

Plus Icon:  At the bottom center there is a “+” symbol.  When you tap it a menu will cascade out. Most of these are duplicates of functions already available on the home screen except for:

  • Sleep:  If you are using the integrated tracker from our office, click the moon with the zz’s by it when you go to bed to put it into sleep mode. Likewise click it when you wake up to put your tracker back into activity mode.
  • Fork/Knife: This section is quite extensive and is where all your food journaling happens.  If you are eating a product out of a box or a can, you can click the barcode icon at the upper left and simply scan it to get the nutritional info.  Otherwise you can enter part of a food item in the search box and quickly find almost anything. Once you select an item you can click on the star in the upper right corner to add it to your favorites so you can find it easily again.  
    • It is critical to add every single food item you consume to your journal!
    • Add items as you consume rather than adding them all at the end of the day.
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Get $500 off and up to $1000 in rebates!

obalon pillFor a limited time you can get up to $1500 total off your procedure!

Dr. Trace Curry at JourneyLite Physicians was just approved to do the new Obalon “swallowable” gastric balloon procedure.  We will be offering this unique new swallowable balloon technology at our main Cincinnati location, but will be seeing patients for consultations in our Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, and Northern Kentucky offices.  If you are an out of town patient and are interested in an Obalon gastric balloon consult, virtual consultations are also available.

For a limited time you can get $500 off of your Obalon procedure from JourneyLite, then up to $1000 in additional rebates from Obalon!  Terms & restrictions aply, click here for more info.

The Obalon gastric balloon is new technology that allows patients to have a balloon placed by swallowing a small capsule in the office, rather than requiring anesthesia and endoscopy.  The procedure takes only 10 minutes, and patients can be on their feet and back to work almost immediately!  In contrast to saline filled balloons, Obalons are filled with inert nitrogen gas, and are smaller than traditional saline balloons such as ReShape and Orbera.  Patients return every 4 weeks and swallow another capsule for a total of 3 balloons and 750cc.  This difference in technique results in greater tolerance and less down-time than saline balloons.

Dr. Trace Curry and JourneyLite Physicians are the most experienced gastric balloon doctors in the mid-west, and we are excited to offer this new minimally invasive, non-surgical treatment to our patients!

Call now or click below to schedule your consultation!

Click here to request a consultation with Dr. Curry for the Obalon gastric balloon!

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Obalon “Swallowable” Gastric Balloon in Cincinnati, Ohio

In Cincinnati, Ohio our physicians at JourneyLite have done many ReShape and Orbera insertions over the years.  Gastric balloons have been a significant breakthrough in the field of non-surgical weight loss, and now a new device, the Obalon “swallowable” gastric balloon is out.

Overall, advantages of gastric balloons include:

  • lower risk than surgery
  • lower cost than surgery
  • faster recovery than surgery
  • does not permanently alter the patient’s anatomy
  • can be a great kickstart for a patient who is not a candidate for surgery to make a lifestyle change

Up until now, in the US at least, a gastric balloon has required two procedures:  one endoscopy (with anesthesia) to insert the balloon, and then one endoscopy (also with anesthesia) to remove it 6 months later.  The Obalon gastric balloon changes this equation for the better, as it can easily be placed in the office with no anesthesia and no downtime.

Both ReShape and Orbera gastric balloons have more similarities than differences.  Both of them require two endoscopies, both of them are filled with saline, and both of them have a reasonably high rate (8%-16%) of intolerance, which requires early removal of the device.  See Table 1 below for a list of similarities and differences between these devices.

Obalon is a definite game-changer in the gastric balloon world.  Obalon patients receive a total of 3 smaller balloons over a total of 8 weeks.  Each balloon insertion is a simple process:  the patient comes into the office, stands in front of an xray machine, and swallows a capsule with a tiny catheter attached to it.  The physician uses xray to confirm that the capsule is in the stomach, and then it is inflated with a special cannister of gas up to 250cc.  The patient comes back then every 4 weeks until all 3 balloons have been placed.

Obalon Uninflated & Inflated

obalon gastric balloon
This technique has some major advantages over traditional gastric balloons.  Most importantly, increasing the total balloon volume gradually over time results in much better tolerance than inserting an Orbera or ReShape and immediately inflating it up to 900cc’s.  This results in much less nausea and vomiting upon each balloon placement, allowing most patients to return to work the next day.

Their initial trial, SMART, showed excellent safety profile with no balloon leaks or early removal.  Weight loss was roughly double that of the control group.

The development of less-invasive treatments such as Obalon will hopefully allow physicians to attack the disease of obesity much earlier, avoiding major disease like type 2 diabetes and sleep apnea.

Click here to schedule an Obalon “swallowable” gastric balloon consultation!

 

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Our First Virtual Support Group!

Join us on VHPGO!

Virtual+Live Support Group

Wednesday January 24th, 6:30-7:30 pm

Topic: Goal Setting

Join us on Wednesday, January 24th at 6:30pm for our first ever virtual support group through our new VHPGO app!  Rebecca Erdman RD/LD will discuss strategies on successful goal setting towards achieving your healthy weight.  This will be a great way to start off the new year!

In order to participate you must have an active VHPGO membership.  You can learn more or sign up at LoseWeightCincy/VHPGO

Any active VHPGO membership will work, but the best value is definitely the $99/year flat access.

VHPGO will also give you the ability to do virtual visits with our dietitians right on your phone, which will greatly reduce your office wait times!

You can also attend the support group live, at the usual place in our Cincinnati office (10475 Reading Road).

We are excited about this new technology and would like to encourage everyone to participate.  We are offering this at our cost with no markup as I feel strongly that it will improve weight loss outcomes!

Go to LoseWeightCincy.com/VHPGO and sign up now!

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New technology: VHPGO will help you succeed!

Announcing our new, state-of-the-art platform for remote/online support with JourneyLite Physicians!

We are happy to announce our new partnership with Virtual Health Partners!  The VHPGO platform allows us to do so much more to help patients get to their goal weight and stay there.  Our dietitians can set goals, monitor weight loss, and see how active you are being.  Have an appointment with a dietitian but the weather’s bad?  With VHPGO it’s no problem you can do it on your phone right from home!

Easily accessible on your smart phone with the VHPGO app, anywhere you go you can always be in touch.  Online support groups, physician virtual visits, and an online library of hundreds of useful videos, the VHPGO platform gives our patients the edge they need to succeed!

Here is a sample screenshot with some of the options you can choose from on the Enhanced Package:

Options you can choose with MyVirtualHP enhanced package.

Sample options from MyVirtualHP enhanced package.

At an amazingly affordable price of around $13/month for flat access, VHPGO is going to revolutionize the way we interace and support our patients!

Click here to find out more on how to kick start your weight loss!

 

 

 

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Dr. Tracy Pitt & ESG, A Powerful New Duo In The Fight Against Obesity


Dr. Tracy Pitt is a weight loss surgeon JourneyLite Surgery Center, in Cincinnati, Ohio.  He trained at the Cleveland Clinic and has dedicated his career to helping patients lose weight and improve their health.  In the not-so-distant past this meant big operations, big incisions, long hospital stays, and potentially high risk.  Now, however, there are many new developments in the field of weight loss procedures that could be real game-changers in the field.

“Many of my patients are interested in losing weight but they don’t want to have surgery” Pitt says.  “Diets have failed over and over in the past and they need a more powerful option to succeed.”  For decades, gastric bypass was the gold standard, and still is in many circles.  But there are two camps who are looking for non-surgical options:  those who don’t have enough weight to lose to justify full-on surgery, and those who qualify for surgery but their fears of being cut on outweigh the benefits of bariatric surgery.

Dr. Pitt says “The risk of weight loss surgery has really come way down in the last decade.  It’s now no more risky than gallbladder surgery.  But the more options we have in our arsenal, the more effective we can be at treating the disease of obesity.”   He feels that obesity treatments might be more successful if patients were treated at a lower BMI, intervening earlier rather than waiting for the scale to climb high enough to require gastric bypass.

Dr. Pitt has always been interested in minimally invasive techniques, so much that his entire fellowship was dedicated to minimally invasive surgery.  So it was only natural for him to take an interest in weight loss procedures that could be done without surgery altogether.  “First we had the gastric balloon” says Pitt, “but many patients are looking to a more permanent tool,” referring to the fact that gastric balloons must be removed after they’ve been in for 6 months.   When a new procedure called the Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty, or ESG, came on the horizon, Dr. Pitt scheduled himself for a training course almost immediately.

The ESG procedure uses an endoscopic “sewing machine” called the Overstitch (Apollo Endosurgery) with which Dr. Pitt has extensive experience already.  Sutures are placed inside the patients stomach to reduce the gastric volume, while they are under anesthesia.  One study has shown that after patients have the ESG, they require 59% fewer calories to achieve maximum fullness.  Along with a healthy diet and regular exercise, early results have been promising.  Patients can typically have this procedure done on an outpatient basis and be back to work in about a week.

ESG

Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty-ESG

Dr. Pitt performed the first ESG in the state of Ohio in August of 2017 at JourneyLite, and he already has dozens more patients who are scheduled for consultations.  “The field of weight loss surgery is always evolving towards less invasive procedures” says Dr. Pitt, “and this new option can offer patients a much more durable tool to control their weight than any of the non-surgical methods we have seen in the past.”  His first patient, a 35-year-old female with a BMI around 31, wanted to lose weight for two reasons:  to improve her health and prevent future disease such as diabetes, and to look and feel her best for her wedding 6 months down the road.  “This is the perfect kind of patient for an ESG” says Pitt, “one with a lower BMI who is motivated to make lasting changes in both diet and lifestyle.”

Dr. Pitt is optomistic about the future of ESG, but acknowledges that long-term studies need to be done before doctors can truly know how this will fit into the treatment of obesity.  “Until we have those results” Pitt says, “we have to select the best patients who are most likely to be successful with an ESG and are aware of the fact that this is a new procedure that is not yet time-tested.”

For more information on Dr. Tracy Pitt, the ESG, and JourneyLite, visit JourneyLite.com

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To schedule a live or virtual ESG consult with Dr. Tracy Pitt click here!

(Note: Patients who have already had bariatric surgery are not candidates for the procedure.  Also, ESG is not covered by insurance, but may be eligible for HSA/FLEX healthcare accounts.)

 

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