COVID-19 MESSAGE FROM BMMSA

Our first priority is the health, wellness and safety of everyone who walks through our doors.

Bryn Mawr Medical Specialists Association is open for medically necessary office visits and procedures only. BMMSA as a corporation is taking all necessary precautions and following public health safety guidelines in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic.

TeleMedicine appointments are now available. Please contact your physicians office for eligibility, additional information, and with any concerns or questions.

As per order of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, any person entering our office building is required to wear a face mask at all times. Patients will not be permitted to enter the building without a face mask.

All patients should expect to be phone screened by Bryn Mawr Medical Specialists Association staff for COVID-19 symptoms or exposures prior to their appointment and again upon arrival. Patients should also expect to be temperature screened upon arrival in the office.

If your answer to any of the following questions is “Yes”, we ask that you call to reschedule your appointment.

In the past 14 days, have you developed any fever, cough or shortness of breath?
In the past 14 days, have you developed any of the following new symptoms?

  • Body aches or muscle pains?
  • Chills or repeated shaking with chills?
  • Headache?
  • Sore throat?
  • New loss of taste or of smell?
  • Have you, or anyone you have close contact with, been recently referred for COVID-19 testing?

In the past 14 days, have you traveled outside of PA? If “Yes”, please call the office to notify us of travel BEFORE your appointment. Patients recently returning from travel restricted states or countries will be asked to reschedule their appointment.

For the safety of our staff and other patients, patient family members or companions are not permitted at this time to accompany patients to their appointments (unless medically necessary or the patient is a minor). Bryn Mawr Medical Specialists Association respectfully asks family members or companions to wait outside or safely in their vehicle.

We encourage all of our patients to visit the CDC website and Main Line Health COVID-19 Response website to read more about everyday preventative measures and for the most up to date guidance regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). If you are concerned that you may have the Coronavirus (COVID-19), please contact your local Health Departments.

If you have any questions regarding our policy and your appointment, please call your doctor’s office.

Endocrinology Effective Weight Loss Plans with OPTIFAST®

Certified OPTIFAST® Medical Weight Loss Practice

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to frequently asked questions about patients like you

Q: Is this DIET going to work for me?

Answer:

Yes, we said DIET and know that it truly is. OptiFAST products The Optifast® “D” word is a temporary plan that uses controlled calorie nutrition items to replace food. When food is out of the picture, then you are truly able to FOCUS on your past weight gain pitfalls. Each week we address past health behaviors, habits, and attitudes. We build coping skills and strategies to ensure that the weight lost with Optifast® will stay lost once you resume healthy eating.

Q: Do I really need to do this?

Answer:

Yes, if you have struggled with typical dieting efforts. And YES if you currently have limited or NO exercise in your daily routine. The weight you lose with Optifast® will lessen the pain on the back, legs, hips & feet….shortness of breath can decrease, and overall energy levels increase. You are more likely to exercise once an initial weight loss is achieved, leading to more success in your weight management journey.

Q: Do I need to knock out ALL food to be successful in this program? What about hunger?

Answer:

Yes, if you already tried losing weight by carefully measuring your food portions and noticed that the scale still doesn’t move. Many people find it difficult to accurately determine portion sizes and eat consistent amounts of food day after day. Clinical studies show that when people are given very few food choices, or even no food choices, it is easier to decrease the amount of calories they consume each day.

By taking away the majority of selection and preparation of foods, and reducing the availability of foods, people lose weight. This is the concept called “stimuli narrowing.” The ‘stimulating’ cues or triggers related to food intake are lessened to allow you to stay in fat-burning mode.

The feeling of hunger and the impulsive desire to eat are real concerns. To increase success in weight loss, controlling hunger is a primary objective. This control involves both preventing and managing hunger sensations….both physical and emotional. Our program Dietitian Instructors will suggest various techniques to accomplish this goal. Hunger sensations fade within a few days after starting the program when the body is more easily burning fat calories.

Q: What is special about the Optifast® products compared to others?

Answer:

Optifast®, has been developed for nearly 25 years. Using Optifast, your daily nutrition needs are covered morning, noon & night. The benefits of this type of diet are in the reduced calories, complete nutrition, and perhaps most importantly, in the ability to stick with the diet because no food choices are made. No other vitamin supplementation is needed.

Optifast®, items include Refreshing Shakes, Hot Flavorful Soups, and Tasteful Crunch Bars:

  • High-quality, complete nutrition from Nestle Nutrition Experts.
  • Pre-portioned and calorie-controlled servings.
  • Quick and simple preparation.