What's the best way to pick a bariatric surgeon? I'll tell you a few tips. Number one, you want to make sure that your surgeon is fellowship trained. This means that after he or she completed a five year general surgery residency, they then went on to complete a one-year fellowship or specialty training in bariatric surgery.
The next thing you want to check for is that your surgeon is part of a Center of Excellence practice. This is a designation by the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons, which ensures that your surgeon is performing enough surgeries per year. The practice needs to perform at least 125 weight loss surgeries per year to qualify. It also makes sure that the office and the hospital where your surgeon works, has the acceptable and appropriate equipment and instruments, to make sure that it's safe for you.
Something else that you should consider when choosing a weight loss surgeon is how comfortable you feel with that surgeon. Because your surgeon is going to become one of your doctors that you see potentially for the rest of your life, so you want to make sure that you have a good rapport with him or her. You want to make sure that they're giving you straight answers to your questions, and you want to make sure that this is somebody that you feel comfortable following up with for several years to come. Because we know that the key to good weight loss success is continued follow-up with your surgeon.
Lastly, you want to make sure that whatever weight loss surgeon you choose, they have support staff to help you in your weight loss journey. This means they should also have a nutritionist that's available for you to speak with. In addition, to possibly a psychologist, who can help you battle the emotional aspects of overeating and obesity. These are just some tips to help you choose a weight loss surgeon.