I authorize Advanced Practice Clinic and its associated health care practitioners, to assist me in my weight reduction efforts. I understand my treatment may involve, but not be limited to, the use of appetite suppressants for more than 12 weeks. I understand that my program may consist of a balanced deficit diet, a regular exercise program, instruction in behavior modification techniques, and may involve the use of Human Chorionic Gonadotropin and/or appetite suppressants. Other treatment options may include a very low-calorie diet, or a protein supplemented diet. It has been explained to me that these medications have been used safely and successfully in private medical practices as well as in academic centers for periods exceeding those recommended in the product literature.
I understand that any medical treatment may involve risks as well as the proposed benefits. I also understand that there are certain health risks associated with having excess weight or obesity. Risks of this program are usually temporary, reversible, and may include but are not limited to nervousness, sleeplessness, headaches, electrolyte abnormalities, dry mouth, gastrointestinal disturbances, weakness, fatigue, pancreatitis, psychological problems, gallstones, high blood pressure, rapid or slowing of the heartbeat and heart irregularities, and risk of weight regain. These and other possible risks could, on occasion, be serious or even fatal. Risks associated with remaining overweight are high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attack and heart disease, arthritis of the joints, including hips, knees, feet, and back, sleep apnea, and sudden death. I understand that these risks may be modest if I am not significantly overweight but will increase with additional weight gain over time.
I understand that much of the success of the program will depend on my efforts and that there are no guarantees that the program will be successful. I also understand that obesity is a chronic, lifelong condition that may require changes in eating habits and permanent changes in behavior to be treated successfully.
I have read and fully understand this consent form and it has been fully explained to me. My questions have been answered to my complete satisfaction.