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Medication Weight Loss – Questions & Answers

Navigating the landscape of medication weight loss can be a complex process. Here, we offer straightforward answers to common questions to help you make an informed decision regarding your weight loss journey. Have a question not listed here? Our team is always here to help.

Are you a candidate for medication weight loss?

Medication weight loss is available to anyone with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more, or a BMI of 27 or more with one or more comorbidities, such as severe hypertension, diabetes, or sleep apnea. This includes those who have never had bariatric surgery and those who gained weight post-surgery.

With some exceptions based on the patient’s health, surgical options are generally limited to people with a BMI of 40 or more. If you are in this category but do not want to undergo surgery, you may want to consider medication weight loss.

What kind of results can you expect from medication weight loss?

The Bariatric Care Center at Ellis Medicine offers effective weight loss options backed by the expertise and support you need for long-term success. We’re pleased to offer medication weight loss, which can help you lose weight and keep it off without surgery when used in addition to diet and exercise.

Why Ellis Bariatric Care Center for medication weight loss?

Because we bring the Ellis difference. Our practitioners are certified in obesity medicine, and we have an extensive team, including a nutritionist, who’s experienced in weight loss management to give you the all-inclusive care you need. We will evaluate you, including screening for diabetes, work with you on a personalized diet and exercise plan, and provide behavioral support. Then, we will monitor your progress through monthly appointments.

Is weight loss medication covered by insurance?

That depends on the insurer. At present, Medicaid and Medicare do not cover weight loss medication. There are low-cost options, but they are only right for some.

Even if your insurer does cover weight loss medication, getting approval can be difficult and may depend on your health status. That is why the Bariatric Care Center at Ellis has a full-time staff member dedicated to insurance appeals to ensure you get the full coverage you deserve. We will also work with you to determine your out-of-pocket costs.

Ready to start your weight loss journey? Call 518.243.1313