It used to be that a family doctor was sort of handed down from one generation to the next. Families that stayed in one town knew the doctors that were available to them and there was never really a question about “choosing” a physician. Today, of course, things have changed dramatically. We are people on the move and as we find ourselves in new towns and new states, we are called upon to find those doctors in our area that will best suit our family. Luckily, we have the internet at our disposal where we are able to gather information about doctors and even read reviews from other patients. Having so much information available to us allows us to make the best decision possible and this applies to those doctors beyond our general healthcare providers.
For those considering weight loss surgery, finding and vetting the best surgeon to fit your needs is absolutely essential for the best experience and outcome. So what do you look for when it comes to choosing a weight loss surgeon?
- Experience. You certainly want a surgeon that has performed a variety of successful weight loss surgeries and performed them often. Don’t be afraid to ask how long they have been practicing, what they specialize in, and how many surgeries they have performed.
- Commitment to Success. Surgeons who are really committed to their patients’ success support them beyond the surgery. They work with them prior to the surgery to help manage their expectations and determine their level of understanding for the procedure and necessary lifestyle changes to follow, and after the surgery to make sure they have the support they need to achieve and maintain their goals.
- Great Bedside Manner. There are many questions that go along with weight loss surgery and you will likely have all of them. Look for a weight loss surgeon who believes in education and is willing to spend the time necessary to ensure that you are completely informed about your procedure and all of your questions are answered
- Good Reviews. The internet is your friend, especially when it comes to finding great doctors. Take the time to read reviews about any weight loss surgeons you are considering. The experience of past and current patients can be a big indicator of what you can expect.