MEDICAL WEIGHT LOSS
Following your initial visit, you will be scheduled for a one-week follow-up visit with the doctor. This second visit is at no additional charge to you. Dr. Gates feels that it is important to check on you to make sure that you are doing well with the medication (if you choose to use it) and also answer any questions that were not answered during the initial visit. The first week of your weight loss program will be the most difficult and also the most exciting.
Your medications will be dispensed in the office at the conclusion of your visit. The appetite suppressants are included in our fees.
If all is well after your follow-up visit, you will then visit with the doctor once a month. We encourage you to stop by once a week and step on our scale and allow us to check your blood pressure, but these "weigh ins" are at your convenience and not mandatory. The length of your attendance at Scale Solutions is completely up to you - there are no contracts to sign here. Some people come for one or two months and are able to reach their goal weight. Some need to stay longer, but ultimately the choice is yours. Dr. Gates has excellent long-term weight loss results because of all of the learning and lifestyle changes that are advocated here. However, if a former patient needs to come back after a period of time away from our program (as long as the patient have an Electronic Medical Record) , they need only to call and schedule an appointment and we put them back on the program where they left off. There are no "re-entry" fees here, other than our standard refill fees. We recognize that maintaining a slim figure is a lifelong work for almost everyone. While being at your goal weight is quite a motivator to maintain lost weight, Dr. Gates encourages all of his patients to come back in if they find the scale tipping upward again. Five pounds is much easier to take off than 50.
We book an hour of physician time for you when you call to schedule your initial visit. When you book your initial visit, a Scale Solutions employee will take your name, email address phone number for appointment reminders. We also require a non-refundable deposit to hold the hour long appointment. This is a one time fee. Once the initial visit is completed you will always be considered a current patient or refill, even if it has been longer than a year.
If you would like to come and try our B12 with Lipotropics injections without completing our complete weight loss program, you are certainly welcome to do so. There is no appointment needed to come and receive an injection. Simply walk-in during our office hours and ask for your paperwork. There is no physician visit fee for beginning the injections. You simply pay each time you take one or purchase them in a package.
If you decide to become one of our medical weight loss patients, your first visit will include the completion of your paperwork, a weight and body fat analysis and meeting with Dr. Gates or one of his trained and trusted medical providers (a Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant). Your first visit will last an hour. One of the keys to Dr. Gates' weight loss plan is taking the time to get to know you and your individual struggles with weight over the years. Dr. Gates also looks closely at what you eat on a daily basis in order to give you lifestyle recommendations. Reviewing your history and answering your questions takes up the largest portion of this first visit.
Because we book an hour of the doctor's time for the initial visit, a non-refundable deposit of $50 is due at the time of scheduling. This fee is applied to your total due at the initial visit.