APPOINTMENTS

APPOINTMENT CANCELLATION POLICY

Appointments must be cancelled within 24 hours. To cancel online - visit the Book An Appointment page, click on the Manage Appointments link, access your account and click the cancel button. You can also call the Center (765) 373-8253.

MISSED APPOINTMENT POLICY
In an effort to better serve our patients, we ask that you give a minimum of 24 hours notice if you are unable to keep your appointment. We will be happy to reschedule your appointment at a time that is more convenient for you. This time has been reserved for you, and your health care is important to us.

If you do not cancel your appointment with at least 24-hour advance notice or you fail to keep your appointment, you may receive a charge of $50.00.

An excessive amount of missed appointments could result in being discharged from our practice.

LATE POLICY
If you are late for your appointment, the receptionist will do the following:

  • Check with the provider or staff and see if you can be seen without delaying other scheduled appointments
  • Reschedule for another day
  • Reschedule same day for a different time

REFUND POLICY

Refunds apply only to the Initial Bundle Discount Package. Refund requests must be made in writing by emailing admin at indianamedicalweightloss.com within 30 days of your Initial Medical Consultation. You will be fully refunded less the full price of your initial consultation ($198). No refunds will be allowed on the Follow Up Visit Bundle Discount Packages.

PAYMENT POLICY
All payment is due at time of service. We accept cash, check, VISA, MasterCard, AMEX, and CareCredit.

OFFICE VISITS

You can expect to spend about 2 hours at the office.

This will include a full medical work up including taking all necessary vitals, body composition, EKG (unless you’ve had one taken in the last year), review of your body's vital functions, review of family and medical history, and discussions regarding your weight history and previous attempts.

As part of the 2-hour initial visit, you will also attend a 45-minute group presentation given by Dr. Braff that will explain the program and answer any questions you may have.

You will also have one-on-one time with Dr. Braff after the presentation to discuss your specific issues and an action plan. And you'll receive the comprehensive Medical Bariatrics of America Handbook for handy reference.

And before you leave you’ll schedule your first follow-up visit 1 week after your initial consultation.

Typically, it is monthly. But, this really depends on your personalized plan because each person's program is unique to what they need.

This will be discussed with you on your initial consultation visit.

Doctor visits can range anywhere from once a week to once a month initially. These visits will decrease in frequency when a patient reaches their goal weight. Support staff visits can also be variable depending on your plan.

We are very up front and open about what costs are associated with our medical weight loss plans. You can see our full range of services and costs on the Services Page.

This should give you a general idea of what you might expect. Each weight loss plan is customized to your specific needs, and every person is different. So costs are going to vary depending that patient's situation.

THE PROGRAM

Proven results and experience
We have trained under and have adopted the Medical Bariatrics of America (MBA) weight loss program. MBA is now tracking over 24,000 patients that have been treated in this program for 16 years.

97% lose weight at first month visit
78% who enter our maintenance program maintains some or all weight loss
80% who make a minimum 3 visits lose enough weight to reduce diabetes risk by 50%
Cholesterol and triglyceride improvements
Blood pressure improvements

Professionalism - patient's welfare comes first
The Obesity Medicine Association has a set of 15 criteria “principles of excellence” that all bariatricians are encouraged to follow. These include such things as always putting patients’ welfare above all, avoiding value judgments concerning a patient’s behavior, complying with all state and federal laws, providing adequate and truthful information to the patient about their disease, and cooperating fully with other physicians in providing medical care to every patient.

Specialized Scientific knowledge
As a specialist in weight loss medicine, Dr. Braff has passed a written examination given by the American Board of Obesity Medicine. She attends national conferences at least annually to maintain current knowledge on advances in obesity. MBA doctors lecture at national conferences. Dr. Braff reads extensively, works with other physicians, and speaks locally to various physicians.

Compassion and understanding
Many of MBA health care providers struggle with the same disease called obesity. We understand the prejudices against the obese, the poor results usually obtained in weight loss attempts, and the complexities of weight loss and weight maintenance.

A Bariatrician is an MD (Doctor of Medicine) or DO (Doctor of Osteopathy) who specializes in helping patients to lose weight, maintain the weight loss, and control or treat those medical conditions associated with excess weight. Bariatricians address the obese patient with a comprehensive program of diet and nutrition, exercise, lifestyle changes and, when indicated, the prescription of appetite suppressants and other appropriate medications.

As a member of the Obesity Medicine Association (OMA), Dr. Braff, M.D. has received special training in bariatric medicine. OMA members are uniquely equipped to treat overweight and obesity and associated conditions.

While any licensed physician can offer a medical weight loss program, members of the OMA have been exposed to specialized knowledge through an extensive continuing medical education program as well as tools and techniques to enable them to design specialized medical weight loss programs tailored to the needs of individual patients.

Dr. Braff is board-certified in both Obesity Medicine and Internal Medicine. 

Overweight conditions and obesity are frequently accompanied by other medical conditions such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cancer, and others. A bariatric physician is trained to detect and treat these conditions, which might go undetected and untreated in a non-medical weight loss program. In many cases, the drugs needed to treat these conditions will no longer be needed with successful weight loss.

As a certified Bariatric physician and an Obesity Specialist, Dr. Braff recognizes and modifies her plans based on a multitude of factors, especially any medical diagnosis which needs to be monitored or addressed, such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, hormone dysfunctions or any other medical problems.

Please keep in mind that effective physician-supervised weight management can help alleviate many of the other conditions that result from obesity, including arthritis, diabetes, coronary artery disease, sleep apnea, lower extremity edema, hypertension, high cholesterol, depression, and numerous other medical issues.

In the MBA program, as of December 2015, after tracking patient's results for 16 years, 97% of patients lost weight by their first follow up visit.

The average weight loss of the first month is: 4.6% of beginning body weight. Some of the newer weight loss medicines report they get 5 to 6 % weight loss in six months to one year.

That is why we stick to the program and the medicines that have proven to work.

Over 80% of patients that make at least three visits lose enough weight to reduce their risk of diabetes 50%.

Remember, another person's results will not predict your outcome but can give you an idea about the success stories our program is creating.

Overweight and obesity is a very complex medical disease. Often, undiagnosed medical conditions are associated with weight gain. These conditions may prevent weight loss or worse, be harmful to you if not treated. A medical weight loss specialist can diagnose these and treat conditions, improving your weight and overall health.

THE PROCESS

The length of time you may stay on a weight loss program depends on how much weight you need to lose and how cooperative your body is with your battle to take away its' fat content.

Our goal is to make you get to your goal weight as soon as possible, so that we can help you maintain your weight for the rest of your life.

Even though obesity is a lifelong disease, your newly learned lifestyle habits, along with our maintenance programs and support will help you maintain your weight loss for the rest of your life.  

Our program is comprehensive and addresses behavior modification and counseling, as well as exercise recommendations created to help you achieve ongoing success.

The National Institute of Health (NIH) has clear guidelines as to who should try to lose weight and how they should do it. Here are their guidelines.

A person should see a physician to lose weight if any of the following apply:

#1 You are trying to lose more than 15 – 20 pounds -and/or-
#2 You have any health conditions -and/or-
#3 You are taking any medications -and/or-
#4 You are planning to take medication to lose weight

This practice is for everyone, not only for people who are extremely overweight.

Dr. Braff puts the same effort with someone who needs to lose 5 pounds as she does with someone who needs to lose 200 pounds. Our first priority is your overall health, well-being, and personal satisfaction.

No two patients have the same body; therefore, everyone has their own tailor-made treatment plan. As a specialized physician in this field, Dr. Braff enjoys and is committed to fixing any and all weight related issues.

She utilizes objective analysis of YOU to tailor an effective program for YOU.

After you take a minute to enjoy the satisfaction, self-esteem, self-confidence, physical health, mental health, and social benefits you've achieved with all of your hard work in Stage 1, the transition and maintenance stages begin.

Stage 2 - Transition.

It involves a weaning program that usually begins by taking medicines two days then skipping a day with a return to the clinic in six weeks. If weight is stable, medicines will be tapered to one day on one day off with a return to the clinic in two months. Again, if weight is stable, the medicines will be tapered to every 3rd day or two times a week. This will allow medications to last until the next return visit in 3 months.

We have an accelerated transition available if there is a reason to get off the medicines in a hurry; for example -- planning on pregnancy.

Step 3 - CAP plan weight maintenance.

Dr. Braff and the staff work with each patient to develop an individual maintenance program.  

It always includes continuing good nutrition, exercise, physical activity, and sometimes medications. Patients are encouraged to wean off the medication entirely or only take the lowest or intermittent doses long term.

Patients track their weight and health with the CAP safety plan. All patients are given CAP plan weight limits used to determine your current status.

     C = control, your disease is doing fine, keep doing what you're doing

     A = action, your disease is backsliding, try to control it with your maintenance actions

     P = PANIC. You are having a fat attack like an asthma attack.  Call the office for an appointment to get support.

For example - If a patient's goal weight is 154: C = < 159, A = 160 (pay attention), P = 168 (call the office!). Our goal therefore is to never let this person hit the 170’s again. If he/she doesn’t reach 170 pounds they can never hit 180, 190, or 200 pounds.