Picking your Surgeon for Weight Loss Surgery
Selecting a surgeon is one of the most important choices you will make as a bariatric patient. It is important that you take the time to research the surgery, including the options you have with surgeons. Some people don’t have a choice because of their location or possibly insurance restraints, but more than likely you will have an option for who performs your surgery. When you are deciding who will conduct the surgery on you, there are a few things to keep in mind.
- Do your research.
Before even showing up to the surgeon’s office, do research about him/her. More than likely there will be reviews about the surgeon. Take the time to read what other patients are saying. Do research on the surgeon’s background and find out how long he/she has been performing bariatric surgery. Educate yourself on the surgeon before going in to your first meeting.
- Ask questions.
Once you arrive for your first appointment, take advantage of the time you have with the surgeon. Ask as many questions you have and take note on how the surgeon responds. In a way, the first appointment is like an interview. You are making the decision on whether you trust this person to perform a major surgery on you.
- Feel the connection.
This is probably the most important part of selecting a surgeon. When you find your surgeon, you will feel a connection. The relationship between patient and surgeon is extremely important for bariatric surgery because it is a long-term journey. You must feel a connection with the surgeon because you will be spending a great deal of time with him/her after the procedure. They will be part of your support system, which is critical after weight loss surgery.
Selecting a surgeon can take time, but it is worth it to make sure you select the correct one. If you meet with someone and you don’t feel right, take the time to get a second opinion. It is ok if you do not go with the first surgeon you meet. Work with your insurance company for referrals and look into patient reviews before you go in for an appointment. You will know when you found the person who is going to help you take your life back, so trust in the process and be confident with your decision.
- Kimberly H.