W8MD Program Phases
In this phase, you will be provided with the information about the program, answer any questions, tour our facility, get brochures, free body composition report and sample our meal replacement plan. This phase is free of charge and without any obligations. Anybody can walk into one of our facilities during normal business hours and have their questions answered.
Once you decide to see one of the W8MD Bariatric Medicine trained physicians, you will be provided with papers to fill out, asking questions about your eating habits, exercise habits, goals for weight loss, prior attempts at weight loss, medications, sleep habits, medical history etc. so that the physician will have a thorough understanding of your health history. The W8MD physician will then do a thorough physical examination including your height, weight, BMI (body mass index), body composition analysis, waist circumference etc. and work with you to develop a plan that is most suitable to your needs. The physician will discuss various options including meal replacement plans, medications, exercise, and develop a personalized plan to fit the needs that have been identified throughout your consult. The physician will order basic blood work including but not limited to your thyroid hormones, liver and kidney function, fasting blood sugar, lipid panel, insulin levels etc. The physician might also order an EKG and other tests as might be indicated.
Once you decide to start the program, you will be provided with basic information, and if you have choosen our meal replacements as a tool, you will also receive meals for about one week. You will come to the center on a weekly basis to be weighed and to receive personal counseling. You will see the physician two weeks after the start of the program (sooner, if needed). After the 2 week visit, the physician or physician extender will see you once every month and as needed. The duration of this phase varies based upon your desired body weight
This phase starts once the desired weight is ascheived. The physician or the physician extender will work with you to develop a long term plan to help you stay healthy and provide ongoing support.
Some W8MD centers do accept insurance for weight loss visits when coverage available. Medicare recently approved coverage for Bariatric medicine physician visits and many insurances also have coverage for physician supervised medical weight reduction.Please call the individual W8MD center to find out if that center accepts insurance for visits.