The first visit is typically a longer appointment; there is much information we need to obtain from and convey to you. You may be in the office for up to 2 or 2.5 hours. After the first appointment, most patients will return for a follow-up visit in 2 weeks to review lab work and address any problems or concerns. Subsequent appointments are much shorter (typically under 20 minutes).
Most patients are seen monthly in the clinic during active weight loss. Some programs require their patients to attend weekly appointments. We recognize that with the demands of modern life, weekly visits can be burdensome. For the vast majority of our patients, monthly visits are adequate for successful progress. We adapt this monthly schedule as needed to accommodate travel, other health issues, and need for accountability. Some patients benefit from more frequent follow-up.
The duration of the active weight loss phase is variable, but the average span is 6 to 9 months for a first-time patient.