What is Bariatric Medicine?
Bariatric Medicine is the medical specialty that deals specifically with the treatment and care of overweight and obese individuals. Physicians who become board certified in Bariatric Medicine have specialized education, training and experience and are experts in the field and pledge to adhere to the strict Bariatric Practice Guidelines developed by the American Society of Bariatric Physicians (ASBP).
Is your program affordable?
Your program cost will depend on your specific weight loss goals, health needs and lifestyle requirements. Everyone is different. We are always open and up front about costs – nothing is hidden and there are no contracts to sign. You will find that as you progress through the program you will be spending less on food, prescription medication and illness-related health care expenses. For an exact quote on an individualized weight loss program, call us to schedule a free consultation.
Are program costs covered by insurance?
Health insurance does not always cover medically-supervised obesity and weight loss treatments and we do not bill insurance for our services. We can provide you with the proper documentation to submit claims to your insurance company. Also, most people can use their Flexible Spending or Health Savings Account for these services. In addition, your treatment costs may be tax deductible.
What if I only need to lose 10-15 pounds?
Whether you need to lose 10 pounds or 110, The Altschuler Center can help you reach your weight loss goals. We will develop a customized program that can help you lose weight and transition into a healthier lifestyle. To see if you need to lose weight, click here to view our BMI chart (or waist circumference chart, etc.)
Will I be hungry on this program?
No, not at all. Many patients actually report reduced hunger and increased energy.
I have diabetes can I be on the program?
Yes. Our program is physician-supervised. Patients suffering from medical conditions, including diabetes, can be treated with your doctor’s permission. Our program can help you control your medical condition so that you can lead a healthier life.
How often do I have to visit the clinic?
It differs depending on your weight loss phase. During the Active Phase, you will generally visit the clinic on a weekly or bi-monthly basis. Once you have reached your weight loss goal and transitioned into our Maintenance Phase, you will visit the clinic on a monthly basis.
Can I do this program with my Primary Care Physician?
Although your Primary Care Physician may be able to prescribe medication to help you lose weight, prescription medication is only one element of a successful weight loss program; and may not be for everyone. The Altschuler Center provides individual counseling, educational tools and techniques, and the medical expertise needed to help you reach your weight loss and wellness goals for a lifetime.
I recently had my physical, EKG, and blood work done. Do I need to repeat the exams at the initial consultation?
Recent physicals or tests conducted by your Primary Care Physician are acceptable. In order for us to retrieve this information, you will be required to sign a release form during your first visit.
What type of food do I eat while on the program?
It varies depending on your weight loss goals, health needs and lifestyle requirements.
We do offer meal replacements, protein shakes and supplements and a variety of other tools to help you reach your goals. You can also purchase everyday food at your local grocery store as we arm you with information on appropriate choices and portion size.