Bariatric Program

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Team Approach

University Family Medicine is committed to your health and wellness and is pleased to offer medical weight management services.

Being overweight or obese is a life long struggle for many. It can compromise your health, putting you at increased risk for hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, stroke, joint and skin problems, sleep apnea, infertility, depression and self esteem issues, as well as several forms of cancer.

Even modest amounts of weight loss can significantly improve your health. Embark on a journey to improved health and wellness with the Center for Medical Weight Management Services at the University of Maryland Family and Community Medicine.

A Team Approach

Our experienced team made up of different experts who are committed to safe and effective weight loss. It is also our goal to provide you with the skills necessary to maintain the weight loss long term.

Verlyn Warrington, MD MS is a board-certified family physician with specialized training in bariatrics (the treatment of obesity and related diseases). She is a member of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians.

Adrienne Williams, PhD is a clinical psychologist who has who has specialized training in health behaviors including weight loss techniques. She helps patients identify triggers that cause events such as stress eating. She then helps patients develop strategies to stop eating behaviors that may sabotage weight loss efforts.

Harriet Mandell LCWS-C is a licensed clinical social worker with vast experience in clinical counseling. She conducts the small group/support sessions, provides cognitive behavioral therapy and offers ongoing support to ensure success.

Estelle Carter, PA is a highly-trained diabetic educator. Patients who are undergoing weight loss and are diabetic have special needs and require close monitoring.

Other experts are available. For instance, participants who need additional nutritional support will be referred to a nutritionist.

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Exercise/Personal Training

Exercise is an important part of long term weight loss. Many overweight or obese patients have joint problems such as arthritis. Our team of Sports Medicine physicians customize an exercise program specific to your needs, while that protecting your joints.

For your convenience, certified personal trainers offer hour long classes on site twice a week. These classes are geared towards effective fat burning and cardiovascular health. They are an additional cost. If this does not work with your schedule, we can direct you to one of the gyms or personal trainers in our referral network.

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Your Personalized Program

The initial visit will last approximately 2 hours. It includes an overview of the program and an opportunity for patients to ask questions. An extensive history and physical are performed, including blood work (comprehensive metabolic panel, complete blood count, thyroid function, cholesterol panel, vitamin B12 and vitamin D) and a 12 lead EKG (measuring the heart's electrical activity) and a body composition evaluation.

At the follow up visit, labs are reviewed and a comprehensive individualized weight management program is developed for you based on your weight loss goals and any concurrent illnesses. You are referred to the nutritionist, psychologist or bariatric surgeon as needed. Appetite suppressant medications and/or supplements may be prescribed.

Patients will then be seen by the physician approximately every 2 weeks, although some patients (like those with diabetes) may need to be seen more frequently.

Once you have reached your target weight, you will enter into a weight maintenance phase. Visits will be scheduled every 8 to12 weeks.

If you choose to have bariatric surgery, our team prepares you for the life style changes needed to have sustained weight loss with your procedure. We also provide post-operative bariatric care.

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Cost

Your insurance may or may not pay for a portion of the weight loss program. Many insurance companies do not reimburse for weight loss but will cover the portion of the bill that relates to the disease being treated by the weight loss, for instance diabetes, hypertension, insulin resistance and high cholesterol. You are given an itemized bill that you can submit to your insurance for reimbursement.

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Missed Appointments

Due to the demand for our services, we require cancellation 24 hours in advance of your appointment.

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Pediatric Services

Obesity has increased at an alarming rate in children and adolescents. There is now an increase in diseases such as diabetes and hypertension that were previously only seen in adults. We offer weight management services to children and adolescents ages 2 to 18 who have been identified as having a BMI greater than the 85th percentile given their age.

We encourage you to take the next steps to becoming a healthier you!

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Please call 1-800-492-5538 or 410-328-8792 if you would like to make an appointment or talk to someone about our services.

This page was last updated: April 18, 2013

         
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