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Medical Options for Weight Loss

"Finally, a program that translates to maintaining weight loss for life! The VLCD is power and knowledge to better health!"
- Gayle, Waunakee

Whether you're looking for an alternative to weight loss surgery or a supplement to weight loss surgery, we offer a variety of options to meet your goals.

Whether you have 20 pounds to lose or 200 pounds to lose, our care team will work with you to find an option that meets your needs.

VLCD

Very Low Calorie Diet

Dean's Very Low-Calorie Diet (VLCD) program offers a liquid, very low calorie diet supervised by a medical provider. The program lasts 12 to 22 weeks.

Participants can schedule their weekly appointments at the following locations:

Please note that insurance coverage is individual and is not guaranteed. Insurance does not cover the cost of supplements. Pre-requisites to the program include a physical examination, labs and a screening EKG, as well as clearance from your doctor.

Please see the Getting Started section to learn more about the steps involved, which include attending a free informational session, submitting completed forms and making an individual appointment to discuss your options.

Success Habits

Weight Loss Shared Medical Appointments

A Weight Loss Shared Medical Appointment is a monthly group session that focuses on key health topics related to weight management success strategies.

The group is facilitated by a lifestyle coach and/or health educator. During the session, each participant has a brief individual check-in with a Family Medicine provider.

To learn the details of this program, please read our Success Habits Medical Appointment Weight Loss Program Description. (PDF file) Our Shared Medical Appointment Outline of Topics document also provides details on the topics covered during the sessions. (PDF file)

The Shared Medical Appointments are held at Dean Clinic - Fish Hatchery.

As part of this service, participants also have access to weekly phone support and lifestyle coaching. Note that insurance coverage is individual and is not guaranteed. Pre-requisites include a medical, physical therapy and nutritional evaluation.

Medications

Weight Medications

The Comprehensive Weight Management Program team offers a thorough evaluation and initiation of weight loss medications for patients who wish to use medications to supplement weight loss efforts. Note that insurance coverage is individual and is not guaranteed.

Please see the Getting Started section to learn more about the steps involved, which include attending a free informational session, submitting completed forms and making an individual appointment to discuss your options.

Note that this appointment is dependent on insurance and prescription coverage. An evaluation appointment must be held prior to receiving medication.

LEARN

LEARN (Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitudes, Relationships, Nutrition)

LEARN is a 12 week behavior modification group with a focus on losing 10% of excess body weight, facilitated by a licensed Psychologist. Learn the details of the program by reading our LEARN Program Description. (PDF file)

Following the 12 week class, a 10 month maintenance program is also available. The 12 week class must be completed in order to enroll in the maintenance program.

LEARN is offered quarterly. Class start dates are subject to change due to minimum class enrollment requirements.

Please see the Getting Started section to learn more about the steps involved, which include attending a free informational session, submitting completed forms and making an individual appointment to discuss your options.

Please note that the LEARN program has pre-requisites that must be completed, including medical, psychiatric and nutrition assessments. Also, please note that insurance coverage is individual and is not guaranteed.

Kids

Pediatric Dietitian Services

Dean now offers dietitian services tailored to children. Amanda Hellman, RD, CD, CSG, works with each child and his or her family to find solutions to food challenges. She provides the most up-to-date nutrition information and works to meet each child's individual needs.

Feeding families isn't always a picnic. Dean's expert can help families find real solutions to improve the health of their children.

You can set up a consultation with Amanda by contacting us at (608) 824-4457, toll free at (800) 808-1190 or weightmanagement@deancare.com.

More Options

More Options Available Through Dean

We invite you to visit our Classes section for information about Dean's weight-related classes and support groups, which include:

  • Healthy Lifestyle and Fitness Classes — From Dean Clinic providers.
  • Mindful Eating Group — This group helps people make better choices, feeding the body when it is hungry and learning to attend more appropriately to other issues that may be causing non-hunger based eating.

Dean also offers a variety of services that are beneficial for people dealing with various weight concerns. Services include:

  • Individual Nutrition Counseling — The Registered Dietitians at Dean Nutrition Services offer individual nutrition counseling.
  • Mental Health CounselingDean Mental Health offers individual counseling for those who want to explore their emotional relationship to eating.
  • Fit for LifeDean Physical Therapy offers "Fit for Life," which teaches skills related to lifelong health.

Want to Learn More?

We invite you to attend a free information session to learn more about the options for you. See our Take the Next Step section to find a class that fits your schedule. You can also watch our free webinar

If you would like more information about these medical options for weight loss, contact Dean Comprehensive Weight Management at (608) 824-4457, toll free at (800) 808-1190.

Free Weight Management Webinar

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To learn more about Dean's Comprehensive Weight Management program, watch our free weight management webinar.

You have everything to gain by losing!

Time for Kids: Recipe for Health

Join Dean Clinic and WISC-TV3 in a new call to action to improve the health of families in our communities.

Visit our Time for Kids resource for recipes, healthy eating tips and ideas on keeping kids active.

MyChart Allows You to Easily Track Your Weight

Did you know you can track your weight online through MyChart, sharing the results with your Dean care team? Learn more.