Gastric Bypass Doctors
Every city of any size will have its share of surgeons who can perform a gastric bypass operation. Which one should you choose? This is a very important question and you are wise to be doing a little research on the subject. Gastric bypass surgery is a very serious operation than has a number of risks and complications involved. With the right surgeon, you can cut down on these risks and complications.
There are different figures out there, but most sources quote that gastric bypass doctors perform around 150,000 surgeries yearly. This means there are a lot of surgeons with a lot of experience in gastric bypass surgery. You need to be searching for one of these.
As stated earlier, there are a lot of doctors who can perform a bypass procedure, but what you are going to be looking for is a specialist in the field. Yes, there are actually gastric bypass doctors, who specialize in performing only gastric bypass surgeries. If you check your yellow pages you can probably find one in your city, or at least in a city nearby. If you are reading this article, you probably have enough computer savvy that you can also check on the internet for the doctor nearest you.
Once you have developed a list of two or three potential prospects, it is time to start doing a little research to find out how long they have been doing the procedure and what percentage of patients have had severe complications. This will not be an easy task but with a few phone calls you can at least get an idea of their reputation. If you know of, or can contact any of their ex-patients, they can tell you what their experience was like. A good way to contact an ex-patient is through one of the city support groups. Since gastric bypass surgery is a long term commitment that will affect you for the rest of your life, many people need the encouragement and support of others to help them through difficult times. If there is a support group in the same area where the doctor performs his surgery, there will probably be many of his ex-patients in the group. You will find they very understanding and willing to give you feedback on their experience with different gastric bypass doctors and glad to help you find the one just right for you.
After you have narrowed your list down to one or two, go ahead and make and appointment for a consultation. This is the perfect time to sit down and talk face to face with your potential doctor and ask pertinent and straight forward questions. When was the first time they performed the surgery and how many have they performed since then? What have they found to be the most serious complications and how often does it happen? What type of bypass do they do the most often do and why? If you are afraid you may forget something, make a list.
While you are in the doctor's office, it will also be a good time to see how your personalities click. This person will be doing a major and serious operation on your body that can effect you for the rest of your life. When you talk to he or she you should feel comfortable. Do you think they are answering your questions honestly and sincerely? Do they treat you with respect and listen closely to your questions? Once you have ask a question do they give you a clear and concise answer that you can really understand? After talking with them for awhile, do you feel you can trust them, or do you have hesitations? If you are having any negative thoughts, you might want to move on to the doctor next on your list. On the other hand, if are feeling really great and can immediately see this is the doctor you can work with and trust, there may be no need to look any further.
As you are contemplating your surgery and interviewing gastric bypass surgeons, you need to remember one thing. After the surgery you are pretty much on your own. Whether your long term goals are met or not does not depend on the surgeon, it depends on you. Before you allow gastric bypass surgery to be performed on your body, you should be able to make this statement. I know all the facts, I have a doctor who I believe will do the procedure to the best of their abilities, and I am ready to make the life long lifestyle commitment I know I must make. When you can make this statement, you are ready for surgery.
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