Losing weight can be very difficult. Some bodies respond well to controlled diets and consistent exercise. For some bodies, this is still not enough. If you think you might be in the latter category, making an appointment with a weight loss doctor in Atlanta is a big step. Here’s what you need to know to prepare for your first appointment.
You’ll Talk with a Nurse
After you get checked in, you will be taken to an exam room to talk with a nurse. This person will take some vitals such as height, weight, and blood pressure. Then, you’ll go over any medical history forms you’ve filled out in the waiting room and discuss any weight-related symptoms you’re currently experiencing. This part of the appointment will be focused on your physical health, so you’ll likely discuss a lot of medical conditions and numbers.
You’ll Talk with a Dietician
After you’re finished discussing your overall health with a nurse, a dietician will come visit you to talk about your current diet and exercise routine. If you’ve been tracking your food, this is a good time to mention it. It’s important to be honest about what you’re eating, how much, what type of exercise you’re doing, and time spent with each activity. These choices, and your body’s reaction to them, will help the dietician understand how your body responds to certain foods and exercises.
For some, they simply need to change the type of diet they are pursuing or switch up their exercise routine a little. With some bariatric surgeries, you may need to lose weight before having the procedure. The dietician can help you with both of these.
You’ll Talk with a Weight Loss Doctor
Finally, you’ll meet with the weight loss doctor. They will look at all the information the nurse and dietician have collected, review their recommendations, and discuss your options with you. These may include modifying your diet and exercise routine, or having bariatric surgery. If surgery is recommended, there are many different options to choose from. Don’t feel overwhelmed. Your doctor will discuss the pros and cons of each option and let you know what would be best for your situation.
Before you leave, you’ll be given a summary of everything that was discussed during your appointment. It’s a lot to take in all at once and you don’t want to miss any of the details! You’ll also receive information regarding your next steps, whether that’s a change in diet or exercise, or a pre-operative consultation.
Ready to Schedule Your Appointment?
Now that you know what to expect, you probably feel more comfortable scheduling your first appointment with a weight loss doctor in Atlanta. If so, please contact us at Laparoscopic & Endoscopic Surgery Institute. We’ll be able to answer any questions you have and find a date that works best for you. If you’re not ready yet, that’s okay. You can still give us a call just to ask questions. We’re here when you need us!