The first step involves attending a free informational seminar at the clinic in Billings or at one of our teleconferencing sites. You may call (406-237-4580) the clinic to register or may do so online.
The time frame is variable depending upon how much time it takes you to complete the pre-surgery steps, as well as your particular insurance requirements. On average, it can be from 6-12 weeks.
Which bariatric procedure to have is ultimately up to you. We will offer our advice based upon your medical and weight history, and discuss the pros and cons of each procedure with you.
At the clinic in Billings, we offer 3 support groups per month, and can give you information about support groups in the surrounding areas.
The cost of the surgery will be dependent upon which procedure you have done, your insurance coverage and what, if any, assistance you receive. We will review all of that with you at the seminar and your first visit.
Absolutely! We are here to assist you in reaching your healthy weight with our medically supervised non-surgical program.
Actually, we will not put you on a diet, as a diet is something you eventually stop. We will help you develop healthier eating habits and modify your lifestyle so that you will be able to maintain your new weight.
We do use prescription appetite suppressants in conjunction with a healthy eating plan for those patients that wish to use them and when it is medically indicated.
Increased physical activity is an important part of the weight loss equation whether you are losing your weight medically or surgically and is something we recommend.
Yes, maintenance is important in helping you to stay on track in manage and maintain your new weight.