Weight Loss Consultation

Weight Loss Consultation
The first step in achieving lasting weight loss involves seeking professional guidance. Dr. Earl Fox and the team at Greater Columbia Bariatric Surgeons in West Richland, Washington welcome new patients to their practice, and they are happy to schedule a weight loss consultation to begin the weight loss process.
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Weight Loss Consultation

by Earl Fox, MD

What is the purpose of a weight loss consultation?

No two people are ever exactly alike, and each individual will have a unique set of circumstances surrounding his or her weight loss journey. This is why having a professional weight loss consultation is such an essential part of the process of building a healthier future. Dr. Earl Fox and the staff at Greater Columbia Bariatric Surgeons strongly believe that there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all solution, and they are dedicated to providing a customized weight loss program for each and every patient. The weight loss consultation is where that process begins.

What should patients expect during this initial consultation?

Patients who are coming in for a weight loss consultation should prepare in advance for that appointment. This means compiling a record of all of their previous weight loss efforts, and noting which things have worked and which efforts have not yielded positive results. Having a general timeline of weight gain and loss can also be helpful to the healthcare professionals who will conduct the initial consultation. It is also important to bring a list of questions and concerns to the appointment. Once the consultation gets underway, it is easy to become distracted and forget questions. Having them in a written form will help patients get the answers that they need in order to make an informed decision on how to proceed.

When will the physician decide what type of procedure is best?

The initial weight loss consultation is the time for both doctor and patient to gather information. Dr. Fox will not only discuss each patient’s weight loss struggles and goals, but he will also gather a range of data for each patient’s file. This includes weight, blood pressure, and other types of information. In some cases, blood work will be scheduled to provide even more information about the patient’s current level of health. Once this information is in place, a course of treatment will be determined in a collaborative effort between doctor and patient.

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