Medical Weight Loss Info

Do you prescribe weight loss medicines?
How do I make an appointment?
What does it cost?
Is this practice right for me?
What is “Medical Weight Loss?”
Weight Loss Readiness Questionnaire
What is the Weight Loss Readiness Questionnaire?
Top Ten Tips for Weight Loss
What’s left to eat?
How does a low carb diet help prevent or treat Diabetes, type 2?

 

Do you prescribe weight loss medicines?

Yes…and No. I prescribe phentermine and limited other medications for patients who are likely to benefit from medication and desire to try it, after discussing the potential risks, benefits, and alternatives. I also make “weight-loss-friendly” recommendations on use, cessation or changes in medications given for other medical problems, which are then reviewed with the prescribing physician. I can explain the pros and cons of over-the-counter medications and make recommendations on these as well. I recommend the use of vitamin supplements to replace proven deficiencies or likely deficiencies, so my patients can enjoy optimal health, but I do not prescribe vitamins specifically to cause weight loss, since there are NO vitamins which help with weight loss. To be specific, we have decades of studies showing that B-12 shots have no role in weight loss. I also only use hormone replacement products as indicated medically. I never used human growth hormone, and I am pleased to see that the (inappropriate) use in weight loss has been forbidden by the FDA. All medications have potential side-effects and should be treated with respect.

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How do I make an appointment?

The first step is to watch the 50 minute video seminar on line from this website. Click on this link to go to the video. You might also want to review the “Weight Loss Readiness Questionnaire” so we don’t waste your time if you are not quite ready to commit to weight loss (average score under 5 or any score below 2). Then you can call us at 312-9444 or you can email us at Michelle@chesapeakeweightloss.org. The first appointment is a two hour BEGINNING appointment. Please arrive 45 minutes early to fill out our detailed history and other paperwork, or print out and fill in the paperwork ahead of time and arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment. Once you have scheduled your BEGINNING appointment you may cancel it up to one full work day prior without penalty (for example, cancel by 5pm Wednesday for a Friday appointment). Unfortunately, if you fail to come in, or cancel at the last minute, there is a $50 LATE CANCELLATION FEE.

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What does it cost?

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Finally, affordable weight loss care! Medicare and a number of other insurance products now cover medical weight loss, although the exact details of the coverage vary widely. Some insurance programs require a referral from your Primary Care Provider (PCP) in order to see us, and sometimes this referral is denied. If your insurance covers Obesity, or if you have significant diseases resulting from your Obesity (such as Diabetes, Sleep Apnea and High Blood Pressure), then we can usually bill your insurance for medical weight loss. You can generally expect to pay a co-pay, and most insurance products require the specialist co-pay. You will want to know what your deductible is, and how much of it you have already met this year to decide if it is most cost effective to use your insurance or to self-pay.
Our staff can assist you in making this decision. Most Health Care Spending Accounts allow funds to be utilized for services here.
Even if your insurance doesn’t cover weight loss services with us, we are still very affordable. For a little more than a specialist co-pay, you can have one-on-one time with a doctor specializing in weight loss.
Since self-pay means no insurance hassles for us, our discount to self-pay patients is substantial. You will also get, as our gift to you, a starter kit worth $30 at your first visit. To save even more, pre-purchase a package of visits and save 10%.
We do not require you to purchase any food or supplements or medications, although we do offer some items for purchase for your convenience.

Self-Pay Medical Weight Loss Price List

A:  Assessment of Readiness for the program (on line seminar)…..….……….…………………..FREE

B:  Beginning Visit………………………………………………….………………………….…………..………..……$144

Starter Kit ($30 value) included………………………………………………………………..……….FREE

ECG (if needed)……………………………………………………………………………….…….……………$34

C:  Continuing Visits

Office Visit……………………………….……………..……..………………………….…………………..…..$92

Virtual (Phone) or Office Visit with Educator only………………………………………….……$49

 

Save 10% with our pre-paid Starter Package Deal:

Core Curriculum (Beginning Visit plus 3 Office Visits)………………..………$378 (save $42)

Core Curriculum is recommended to be completed in weekly visits during the first month.

Starter Kit included.  ECG is not included.

Save 10% with our pre-paid Continuing Weight Loss Package Deals:

Continuing Weight Loss part I or II (4 Office Visits each).……….…………$331 (save $37)

Continuing Weight Loss Visits are recommended every 2 weeks for 4 months after Starter Pkg.

Add Visits or Virtual Visits with Educator (no MD visit) …………..…….….$44 (save $5)*

Save 10% with our pre-paid Maintenance Package Deal:

Maintenance part I or II (3 Office Visits).……………….…………$248 (save $28)

Maintenance Visits are recommended monthly for 6 months following Weight Loss Package.

Add Visits or Virtual Visits with Educator (no MD visit) …………..…….….$44 (save $5)*

Save 10% with our pre-paid Graduate Package Deals:

Graduate (2 Office Visits).……………….…………$248 (save $28)

Graduate Visits are required every three months for ongoing use of prescription medications and recommended for anyone needing continued maintenance support.

Add Visits or Virtual Visits with Educator (no MD visit) …………..…….….$44 (save $5)*

*Educator Visits have limited availability and are primarily used when patients need extra attention to better understand the curriculum.  They can be pre-purchased at the discount price with a package deal, or they can be added to a package deal later at the discount price, if needed.  They can also be used for convenience and cost savings at a maximum of 1 Educator visit for each complete visit.

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Is this practice right for me?

I am very eager to start working with you to achieve a healthy body and lifestyle. There are two tools to see if you are ready to start the program here.  First, consider filling out the Weight Loss Readiness Questionnaire.  This is designed to help us both decide if you are ready for the type of weight loss services I offer, or if another alternative would be a better fit for you and your situation.(Click here for Questionnaire) If your average score is lower than 5, or if you have several scores lower than 2, you are less likely to succeed in my program, and you may want to consider the Top Ten Tips for Weight Loss or an alternative program. Don’t worry if you can’t access or print the questionnaire. If you feel committed to making a serious change in your life, then chances are good that this is the right place for you.

If you are motivated for serious weight loss, the next step is to watch the on-line medical weight loss seminar.  This is a recording of a small group seminar designed to help people decide if this is the right practice for them.  Watching the seminar is a requirement before you can be seen here. This ensures there are no misunderstandings about the program. If you have difficulty finding or working the Seminar, we can assist you.  You can call our office at (757) 312-9444, or you can e-mail Michelle (michelle@chesapeakeweightloss.org) for help.  When you feel ready to start, contact us and schedule your Beginning appointment.

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What is “Medical Weight Loss?”

Medical Weight Loss means any non-surgical weight loss achieved under the “guidance” of a medical provider. So at other places it could mean that a nurse sees you and gets you to buy replacement shakes or meals, and tells you to walk a mile a day. Or you might be directed to make an appointment with a personal trainer or dietitian at additional cost. They might even pressure you to buy worthless or potentially harmful shots and pills.

Here at Chesapeake Weight Loss, all your weight loss appointments are with a Physician trained in Bariatric (Weight Loss) Medicine. Our preference is to work with lifestyle changes incorporating low
carbohydrate diets, but each plan is individualized for the patient’s goals, needs and limitations. There are no hidden costs and no mandatory purchases. Everything we recommend is based on medical evidence.

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Weight Loss Readiness Questionnaire

The Weight Loss Readiness Questionnaire helps both you and I to know if you are ready for this program. Print out the questionnaire below and write in your answers, or you can also click here to download an easily printed version.

Please fill out the form and bring it on your first visit. Trouble printing? We will be happy to provide you with one of these forms when you attend our free seminar.

If the majority of your responses are below “5,” you probably are not ready for the intensity of our programs yet.

Here is what the Weight Loss Questionnaire looks like:

Weight Loss Readiness Questionnaire

Name____________________________________________ Date____________

Please answer these few questions honestly to help us both decide if you are ready to begin your journey to wellness. You can also write in comments that help me understand your answers and your situation better.

1. On a scale of 0 (my weight is fine) to 10 (I’m extremely unhappy with my weight), how unhappy are you with your current weight?

0    1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9    10

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2. On a scale of 0 (no health problems) to 10 (10 or more medicines/treatments for obesity-related illnesses such as Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, High cholesterol, Knee arthritis, Sleep Apnea, Gout, Infertility, Migraine, Stress Urinary Incontinence or Heartburn), how much does your health suffer from your weight?

0    1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9    10

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3. On a scale of 0 (at my goal) to 10 (more than 100 lbs), how far from your goal weight are you?

0    1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9    10

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4. On a scale of 0 (no changes) to 10 (I’ll try anything), open minded are you about new foods?

0    1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9    10

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5. On a scale of 0 (no time) to 10 (over 10 hours a week), how willing/able are you to invest time in weight loss by shopping, cooking, exercising, keeping records or working with the doctor?

0    1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9    10

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6. On a scale of 0 (no money) to 10 (100 dollars a week), how willing/able are you to invest money in weight loss by purchasing healthier food, meal replacements, supplements or doctor’s services?

0    1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9    10

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7. On a scale of 0 (never tried) to 10 (I’ve tried everything), how many times have you tried to lose weight and re-gained it or failed to lose it?

0    1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9    10

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8. Your Gender? M F

9. Your Age? __________

10. Your Height?_________

11. Your approximate Weight?

12. Please write in any additional comments about you, your health or your situation:
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