Patients who want to lose weight have many treatment options to choose from. Options range from counseling to invasive surgery. Non-invasive options are usually recommended before considering surgery because non-invasive procedures are associated with much less risk and with no recovery time. In most cases, non-invasive options are effective and all that patients need to lose weight.
Some common non-invasive weight loss treatments include the following:
To provide patients with the most help, doctors will often use several of these treatments in conjunction with one another, creating a comprehensive weight loss treatment plan.
Anyone who has tried to lose weight in the past but been unsuccessful may want to consider seeing a weight loss specialist. People who were not able to achieve their weight loss goals along with those who lost weight and then regained it might benefit from the treatments that a doctor can provide.
Like all medical appointments, weight loss appointments are kept strictly confidential. Doctors are required by law to respect patients’ privacy, and they cannot reveal the details of an appointment without a patient’s permission. A doctor will often ask for permission to share information with a patient’s insurance company and other healthcare providers. Whether anyone else ever finds out about a weight loss appointment, however, is completely up to the patient.
Weight loss treatments are sometimes covered by health insurance plans when the treatments are medically necessary. Because exact coverages vary from one policy to another, patients should check with their insurer to see whether they have coverage. Some factors that may influence a patient's coverage include whether they have been diagnosed as obese or severely obese, what weight loss treatment is being recommended, who will be administering the treatment, and the terms and conditions of their insurance policy.
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