Finding the Best Bariatric Surgeon for Your Needs
A questionable bariatric surgeon or practice may be recognized if, in addition to Sleeve Gastrectomy, it continues to offer the Gastric Band, but does not offer (or only very infrequently recommends) Gastric Bypass to its patients. Do not fall prey to the current trend of “fad” bariatric surgery or bariatric surgeons with an agenda, who recommend and perform the operation they prefer because it is the simplest, quickest operation to accomplish, sometimes at an outpatient surgery center they own. Instead, first get all the facts and choose the operation that is best for you, not the one the surgeon prefers. If you are considering bariatric surgery, seek a bariatric surgery practice that no longer recommends the Gastric Band. Seek a practice that offers Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy and Laparoscopic Roux-en Y Gastric Bypass, and a bariatric surgeon who will honestly discuss with you the advantages and disadvantages of each procedure and provide a comparative analysis of how each of the operations will serve your individual medical needs. Seek a bariatric surgery practice that keeps extensive, detailed data on all its surgical patients, in order to provide you with important information, including complication rate, major complication rate, readmission rate, reoperation rate, and weight loss outcome data for that practice or surgeon. Then, you decide which operation seems best for you.