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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Top 5 Things to Evaluate When Choosing a Bariatric Surgeon


Lost 145lbs

Thomas' success story

I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man.

Everybody treated me like a king. The day of surgery, I was excited. The hospital couldn’t be any nicer. I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man. My recovery was awesome. I was out of bed that day. My wife and kids were my motivation on getting this surgery. They are my whole life. I’m happy I’m going to be around for them.

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Nicole's success story

I hit my goal weight ... and I feel fabulous

I had the gastric bypass. I am Type 2 Diabetic and I wanted to gain control of my sugar. I hit my goal weight in about 5 and half months and I feel fabulous. The procedure has completely changed my life for the better because it has empowered me as a middle aged woman that I can really do everything and anything that I want to do. I don't put an age on anything. I don't say I'm too old for something.

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Lost 76lbs

Robert's success story

I was tired of the way I looked. I was tired of the way I felt.

I knew if I didn't change something soon, I was going to be in a lot of trouble. The consultation process was a lot easier than I expected. I was met with open arms. I was treated like I was the only patient here. Not only did they answer all of my questions, they had questions for me to make sure I was the right candidate for the surgery. After surgery and that weight started dropping off, my life started changing for the better.

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Samantha's success story

I feel like a completely different person.

I had the gastric sleeve procedure. The driving factor behind me getting this procedure was my health. I didn't feel good physically or mentally. I had joint pains, even standing was difficult sometimes. Emotionally, this surgery completely turned my life around. I have so much more confidence. So much more happiness. I feel like a completely different person. I feel stronger. I feel able to accomplish more.

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Lost 99lbs

Eileen's success story

It saved my life.

The driving factor behind me getting my procedure was that I couldn't get up off the floor with my granddaughter. That was my why. That was my big reason for having this surgery done. After surgery, it was a little bit of a struggle with what to eat. What you put in your mouth that you don't even think about. You don't think about what you're eating or how you're eating and portion size. It's what I do now every single day. The procedure has changed my life in so many ways. It saved my life.

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Lost 126lbs

Brittany's success story

I am totally comfortable in my own skin.

I think I always grew up identifying myself as less than other people because I was fat. I decided to tackle that and just live my life. I had a sleeve gastrectomy. It changed how I view myself. How I communicate with people. I'm able to be much more of myself and live the life I always thought I should have been living. I am totally comfortable in my own skin. You have the tools you need to succeed here.

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Desiree's success story

I have a brand new life. I can do things I couldn't do before.

I had a vertical sleeve gastrectomy because I had just become diabetic, and I had hypertension for many years. I lost a total of 157 pounds in 11 months. I have a brand new life. I can do things I couldn't do before. Everyone at New York Bariatric Group has been wonderful. They are kind. They are understanding. They make you feel comfortable. They will guide you every step of the way on your journey so that you can be successful.

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