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Top 5 Things to Evaluate When Choosing a Bariatric Surgeon

how to choose a bariatric surgeonSo, you’ve decided that you’re ready for bariatric surgery. You’ve done your homework and you’re ready to take the next step in living a healthier lifestyle. The next, very important step is finding the right doctor for your bariatric surgery. Some would argue that it might be THE most important factor in achieving your goals for a successful lifestyle change.

As few as 10 years ago there were only a small number of bariatric surgeons in the entire country. That is certainly no longer the case today. A quick Google search will tell you that there are many bariatric surgeons and more procedures to choose from. How do you know which surgeon is right for you?

1)         Ask about his/her experience. Studies (like this one) suggest a direct connection between a practice’s experience and post-operative complications. To minimize your chance for difficulties, look for a practice that has experience in its corner.

2)         Choose a practice that has been designated a Center of Excellence (COE). In order to obtain a Center of Excellence designation, bariatric surgeons must meet the highest quality patient care standards in the field of bariatric surgery. This involves a rigorous two-stage application process and a careful on-site inspection. Only one out of every 300 bariatric surgery centers receives this important designation.

3)         Look for a surgeon that performs the single-incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS). Single incision surgery is a minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery that literally requires one incision through the belly button to perform. The procedure typically results in little to no scarring for the patient. As an added bonus, this minimally invasive procedure also can decrease the amount of time in the hospital, reduce post-surgical pain and result in a faster recovery time.

4)         Make sure your surgeon is fellowship trained in bariatric surgery. A fellowship trained bariatric surgeon has more training experience in their focus area than a non-fellowship trained surgeon.

5)         Find a bariatric program that is comprehensive. Weight loss surgery involves a lifestyle change, breaking bad habits and cultivating a new outlook on life. It is your responsibility to ensure that you receive the care you need, so make sure that your program has the support you will need both before and after surgery. A few things to look for would include: before care, a psychologist, a nutritionist, pre-surgery support groups, cooking classes, aftercare, and post- surgical support groups.

Choosing the right bariatric surgeon might seem like a daunting task, but as you can see from the above guidelines, it doesn’t have to be. As you know what important criteria is and are able ask the right questions, it gets a little easier.

Contact us today or call 800-633-8446 to learn more about New York Bariatric Group’s weight loss surgery options.



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“The staff and doctors at the New York Bariatric Group are amazing! They are always patient, helpful, and very understanding and pro-active with questions, problems, etc. After Lap Band surgery I feel fantastic. For the last 6 years I have not had to worry if my clothes would fit. I have been able to maintain my weight loss, and have so much more energy.”

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"Dr. Holover has a great personality, I love him, I consider him a good friend, and I recommend him to everyone. He and his staff are amazing. I thought my recovery would be worse, but it wasn’t. It was great. After a couple of days I was back on my feet and going, with three boys you don’t have time to be down. Now, my kids have to keep up with me!"

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"My recovery was very easy, I started moving around pretty quick because the nurses had me up and about. Dr. Angstadt has a great bedside manner, a cheerful disposition and is very knowledgeable. He was genuinely concerned for me, he answered all of my questions and put me at ease. I couldn’t be happier, I think it is the best decision I ever made."

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"I was concerned about my health, my blood pressure, cholesterol, my mobility, my flexibility. A few friends told me about NYBG and I went to a seminar. I wanted to live a healthier life and live a long life. My recovery was great, after a week I was 100%. My doctor, Dr. Sekhar, has the best personality in the world."

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"I had a couple of friends who had bariatric surgery done by Dr. Garber a few years back and I decided to make the appointment. My favorite thing about the surgery is not being able to eat that much, eating whatever I want but in smaller portions. My results are amazing"

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