Important Questions You Can Ask To Help You Choose The Best Bariatric Surgeon
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It can be uncomfortable to ask questions regarding qualifications of a surgeon, but this is an important step in developing trust and a relationship with your bariatric surgeon. With so many choices in a large city like San Antonio, a potential surgeon should answer your questions freely and completely in order to gain your trust. The following questions can help guide you in your decision:
- Are you a member of American Society for Bariatric Surgery (ASBS)?
- Are you certified by American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) or the American College of Surgeons (ACS)?
- Are you board certified?
- How many surgeries have you performed?
- Are you a Center of Excellence? A Center of Excellence is a center that has a full Bariatric Team on staff. The Bariatric Team includes surgeons, nurses, psychologists, exercise specialists or trainers, and nutritionists. The center must have performed 125 bariatric surgeries and the surgeon must exclusively perform at least 50 surgeries a year to maintain the award of a Center of Excellence. The center must also be ASMBS or ACS certified.
- How many laparoscopic versus open procedures have you performed?
- What is your conversion from laparoscopic to open rate?
- What are the most common complications?
- What is your most common complication?
- What is your mortality rate?
- What is the average weight loss?
- Do you have a life-time management program?
Come prepared to ask questions so you feel comfortable with your surgeon and his/her staff. Your bariatric surgeon should be willing to answer your questions. South Texas Surgeons in San Antonio is committed to your quest for weight loss and being healthy, call today 866-463-5499 to request more information or sign up for a seminar.
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