Offering an obesity treatment program within your orthopedic setting can increase the number of patients that qualify for surgery and improve those patients' outcomes
For orthopedic surgeons, the cost of obesity includes higher surgical costs, longer hospitals stays, higher risk of infection, greater likelihood of readmission, and increased need for medications.
Alternatively, denying obese surgery candidates altogether and sending them away to lose weight on their own with the expectation that they will return and qualify for surgery is unrealistic, rarely occurs and costs you a qualified surgery candidate.
Offer a weight management program to your patients with obesity.
- Medically monitored weight loss programs featuring very low-calorie diet (VLCD), like New Direction, can help qualify your patients for surgery.
- On average, patients can lose 36 lbs. in 12 weeks.
- In addition, VLCD and low-calorie diets have been found to be effective in reducing body fat in patients with metabolic syndrome.
- Obese patients who lose weight non-surgically through a weight management program have better surgical and functional outcomes.
LEARN WHY OTHER ORTHOPEDIC PRACTICES ARE PARTNERED WITH ROBARD
Orthopedic surgeons running their own practices can start their own New Direction or Robard LCD weight loss program within their practice and clinic within 60-days.
Orthopedic groups within a hospital should work directly with their institutes Weight Management or Wellness Center to set up and internal referral protocol. We have customers that have seen a 20% increase in their surgery census using this model.
3 Considerations for better elective total joint arthroplasty outcomes for obese patients
Weight Management Programs within Health Care Systems: Changing the Paradigm from “Nice to Have” to “Must Have”
The results speak for themselves.
*Disclaimer: Results based on Patient data from a Large Managed Healthcare Network and an Accredited Weight Management Center utilizing Robard products. Results may vary.