For me, establishing the patient/doctor relationship with a patient is one of the most gratifying and rewarding parts of my job.
There is a lot of information out there and I think it would be hard for patients to sift through the information. It can create a lot of anxiety and concerns when they read things on the Internet. We can discuss what they’ve learned and what they’ve read on the Internet, and then we can decide the best treatment plan from there.
Patients that have excess weight, sometimes, are more likely to get conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes, and these conditions can be improved by losing weight and changing diet and exercise. I spend a lot of time doing nutrition counseling with patients, sending patients to see dieticians for more extensive nutrition counseling, and sometimes even doing surgical referrals to discuss other weight loss options.