FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can you tell me about the practice?

Cederquist Medical Wellness Center was founded in 1997 with a focus on the complete management of weight loss.  Every patient is looked upon as an individual and every patient will have different issues that need to be addressed and treated to create a weight loss plan for maximal results, but just as important–long term results.

We evaluate patients thoroughly for all the reasons they may have gained weight and the factors that may be making weight loss difficult now. Specifically, they look for metabolic and hormonal issues that affect weight and they treat these so you can lose weight and keep it off.

What does the initial consultation consist of?

When a new patient makes an appointment, we reserve one hour to meet with our medical provider. A thorough weight management history and medical history is obtained and this is followed by a physical exam. The provider will determine if it sounds like there are medical issues, metabolic issues, hormonal issues, lifestyle issues, or behavioral issues (such as binge eating) contributing to the weight gain. We may also consider vitamin deficiencies or food allergies as a potential contributor to the problem. We will then arrange for blood tests to evaluate these metabolic and medical concerns. If you come to the appointment fasting, lab work can be drawn at the time of the exam, unless it is in the afternoon, or if you prefer, you may return at another time for the tests.

What does the medical staff do with all of that information?

We use all of this data to determine what nutritional and metabolic weight loss plan you need. We will create a dietary prescription and one of our dietitians will create a meal plan that fits into the specific parameters needed, while at the same time, taking into account your lifestyle, your likes and food preferences. The medical staff will determine if you need certain dietary supplements or medications based upon your tests and your results each week.

How are you different from other commercial weight loss programs?

We are one of them most unique weight loss clinics you will ever find.  We provide a complete, balanced approach to weight loss, utilizing the most current medical, dietary, prescriptions, and behavioral therapy available in a non-threating and non-judgemental atmosphere.  We are equipped to handle almost every type of weight management problem. We specialize in the treatment of hormonal weight gain after menopause, as well as in the treatment of children and adolescents. We routinely get referrals from physicians for complex medical patients such as those with heart disease or diabetes or liver or kidney issues. Our program is very successful due to its comprehensive nature and our years of experience.

Our focus is to evaluate and treat all the complexities that may affect weight and create an individualized plan for each patient. Other commercial centers may employ counselors who have no formal nutrition training. They do not have the ability to customize a meal plan for patients who want something different, like all organic foods, or to avoid all dairy, soy or artificial substances. Many patients have shared their experience with us that these commercial weight loss centers required the purchase of protein bars or products as the only answer to their weight loss problem.

I have Medicare, can I use this?

Our services are not covered by Medicare, but we have quite a few Medicare patients who have chosen to work with us over the years because they value what we do. As a person ages, they are more likely to have medical and metabolic issues which complicate the weight loss process.  They need a safe and comprehensive program to lose weight

Do you offer discounts?

We do run specials. Please call our office to find out if more.

I want to avoid certain foods, chemicals, artificial sweeteners, and do more all-natural, organic foods. Is this possible?

Definitely. When you meet with our dietician, you can discuss your food preferences, likes, dislikes, and together you will both come up with a meal plan that works for you. If you have food allergies, we can also cater to these needs and formulate a program around your specific dietary requirements.

 

What if I only have ten pounds to lose?

Many of our patients only need to lose ten pounds but find it challenging to lose any weight at all. We specialize in patients who are metabolically “stuck” and will employ a variety of techniques to help patients get to their goals. This may involve a change in diet and use of supplements or medications, depending upon the results of the evaluation and testing. We cannot tell solely from the number of extra pounds what sort of metabolic issue a person has. We sometimes find that patients with only a modest amount of weight to lose can still have significant metabolic/hormonal issues, which keep them from losing any weight at all.

What if I just had labs done?

Please bring your test results in to your initial consult, or you can sign a request for us to obtain your labs prior to your visit. We will look at those from the point of view of metabolic issues that affect weight and may see some connections. We may very well order additional tests that aren’t normally ordered as part of a physical in order to evaluate your weight issue more thoroughly.

Do you prescribe medications to help me lose weight?

The medical staff will determine if you can benefit from medications and if they will be safe for you. We utilize many different tools to help patients lose weight and medications are an option. Many of our patients find they do not need “diet” medications and can lose weight once their metabolic issues are fully diagnosed and treated with the correct treatment plan. Many of our patients have medical conditions like heart disease or high blood pressure which makes the use of diet medications risky. The treatment plan is designed to work without medication, but medication as an adjunct treatment may be considered if we feel it would be safe to do so.

Do you have more than one program for weight loss?

Yes. All of our weight loss programs are customized to the patient. Some patients need testing for vitamin and mineral deficiencies and replacement of what is deficient in addition to their meal plan. Other patients have more social or behavioral issues that affect their weight. We have a behavioral therapist who specializes in emotional eating issues and binge eating issues. We treat children differently than we do teenagers than we do adults and every person has their own medical and lifestyle issues. The foundation for the weight loss treatment is the medical evaluation to determine what is going on in YOUR body. Then a meal plan, supplement plan and potentially medications are prescribed to address your issues

Does insurance cover the cost of the program?

Most patients have metabolic conditions that have a medical diagnosis code, which is determined after we do our evaluation. For example: high blood pressure, hypothyroidism, hyperlipidemia, insulin resistance, and vitamin deficiency are all medical diagnoses that many insurance companies typically cover and will often reimburse our patients for. We are consider an out-of-network provider on most insurance plans and do not submit charges to insurance, but many of our patients who submit their invoices do get some insurance reimbursement for what we do.

Does the medical staff coordinate my care with other doctors?

Absolutely. The medical staff corresponds with your treating physicians and will call if they have concerns about your conditions or weight loss progress. We may also refer your to other physicians if we feel you have a medical reason to be seen by another doctor.

What is your success rate?

Our patients are very successful! We have patients of all different ages and many who are medically quite complex. We have many patients who have lost more than 100 pounds without surgery. The majority of our patients are looking to lose 30-50 pounds, however we see people of all ages with all types of weight loss goals.

Many of our patients want to reduce medications, lower cholesterol, treat or prevent diabetes, decrease high blood pressure, improve their sleep, and have more energy and vitality in addition to looking better. We are often able to see these changes after only a few weeks on this medical weight management program. Because of the comprehensive nature of our program we address the metabolic, nutritional, behavioral, lifestyle, and medical issues our patients have and when these are all addressed long term success can be achieved.

Does the practice use HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin)?

While HCG, which is usually accompanied by a very low calorie diet, is not something we recommend for most of our patients, we consider all medical treatments on a patient by patient basis.

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