WEIGHT LOSS CONSULT INFORMATION

Obesity in the U.S. is truly an epidemic. Currently, 35.7% of adults are obese and 68.8% are obese or overweight. It is projected that by 2050 over 42% of adults will be obese and 1 in 3 Americans will have diabetes. For the first time, in 2013, the American Medical Association classified obesity as a chronic disease.

Let us help! At Anchorage Bariatrics we offer a comprehensive approach to weight loss. Whether your patients need to lose 10 pounds or 100 pounds, we can help.

CURRENT OPTIONS:

  • BMI 25-30: Physician monitored diet and exercise plans, medication assisted weight loss
  • BMI 30-39: Above options, plus: FDA approved intragastric balloons (Orbera), sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass, consultation with Clinical Dietitian
  • BMI 40 and up: Above options, plus: Additional surgical options, medications and dietary services

HOW TO CONSULT:

Please call the office or fax a referral form. We will first schedule them for a FREE no-obligation informational seminar. This allows us to explain many aspects of surgery prior to a more individually focused consultation.

DOCUMENTATION NEEDED:

For consideration of surgery, failed attempts at non-surgical medical treatment for obesity must be documented in the patient’s record for a minimum of 6 consecutive months within the last 18 months. This DOES NOT need to be completed before consultation with us, although in certain cases it may have been. This could be a monitored diet program (Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers…) or monthly visits to their PCP, but their weight must be documented.

In your clinical notes please include the following:

  • Vital signs: MUST include patient’s weight
  • Specific recommendations/suggestions for a current dietary program for weight loss (ie. 1400 cal diet, low fat diet, low carb diet, South Beach diet, etc). Please be specific.
  • Specific recommendations/suggestions for physical activity or exercise program.
  • Discussion of behavioral modifications and/or successful changes made.
  • Discussion of or use of FDA approved pharmacotherapy, if prescribed.

3909 Arctic Blvd., Ste 101, Anchorage, AK 99503 • Telephone 907-644-8446 • Fax 907.644.8448


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