Am I A Candidate?
Medical Weight Loss is a good option for patients who have a BMI over 30, which indicates obesity. A good definition of obesity is when a person’s percent of body fat reaches a level where it negatively affects that person’s health. This generally happens when the BMI reaches around 30 or above. Morbid obesity means your weight is at a point where you are statistically less likely to live as long as should, because of your weight.
If your BMI is greater than 30 and you have at least one health problem exacerbated by your weight, you are a good candidate for our program. There are many health issues related to obesity such as high cholesterol or blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease, even knee and hip arthritis, fatigue and shortness of breath with exercise. If you are in doubt you have health issues which could improve with weight loss, please call our office and we will be happy to assist you to see if you would be a good candidate for our clinic.
Additionally, there is a good chance your visit will be covered by your health insurance if you meet the above criteria. If you do not meet our criteria, we have cash pay programs which also incorporate our registered dietician and exercise physiologist to help you be the healthiest you can be.
What to bring to your first visit:
1. You will need to bring your new patient medical history forms, COMPLETELY filled out. If your packet is not completely filled out BEFORE your appointment time, we will have to reschedule your appointment.
2. If you have any recent lab or EKG (done in the last 3 months) please bring them to your first appointment.
3. You will be weighed on a scale barefoot in order to measure your fat and water percentage. Please try to avoid wearing hose or compression stockings that day. If you cannot go without your compression wraps we will weigh you on regular settings, but will not be able to obtain your fat and water percentage details.
4. Your waist will be measured each visit. It is important to get an accurate measurement, so we ask that no shape wear or girdles be worn to your appointment.
5. Please bring your insurance card and co-payment.
6. If your insurance requires a referral please make sure this is done by your primary care physician’s office BEFORE your first visit.