Qualifications of an Experienced Bariatric Surgeon
If you are considering bariatric treatment one of the most significant factors that affect the outcome of your surgery is the bariatric surgeon chosen to perform it. The cost of surgery should not be the primary factor in choosing a surgeon, but rather the surgeon’s qualifications, experience and quality of care.
A bariatric surgeon’s training and experience as well as skill can affect the end results of your surgery. The more highly trained and experienced surgeons generally cost more but in this case it is true – you get what you pay for. Hiring a bariatric surgeon who is highly experienced and more skilled than other surgeons reduces the risk of complications that can occur following the surgery. Also, the likelihood of great results is increased when a highly skilled bariatric surgeon performs the job.
A surgeon who has ample experience and extensive training has encountered problems and complications in the past and therefore knows how to handle them. You won’t sacrifice quality of care when you hire a quality surgeon to do the job. When selecting your bariatric surgeon, cost alone should not come into play. With your results and life on the line, it is recommended that you choose the surgeon with the highest qualifications and most experience.
Here are a few ideas of what to look for in an experienced bariatric surgeon:
Membership of the American Society of Bariatric Surgery
Board certification in bariatric surgery
Prior patient references and positive outcome reviews
Has performed at least 250 surgeries in the past
The level of care offered both before and after surgery
When a bariatric surgeon is cheap or inexpensive, you can expect that the cost cutting comes with a decreased level of care following the surgery. Most experienced and highly qualified bariatric surgeons offer extensive level of care treatment following the surgery. The more extensive the level of care after surgery the more successful your results will be.
Level of care before and after surgery includes pre-operative testing, follow-up medical examination visits to ensure everything is progressing as planned, and after-care support. The after-care support is one of the most important parts of the bariatric surgery. A highly skilled bariatric surgeon knows how crucial it is to monitor the exercise routine, diet and nutrition plan, and behavior following surgery. The surgery itself is just the first step in losing weight and being successful in the process. It is the after-care that is of greater importance.
You should always look for bariatric surgeons who offer a full level of quality care and post-op medical attention. The lack of support following the surgery can have a detrimental effect on your results. The value of your bariatric surgery should not be measured by how much it costs, but by the level of care you receive throughout the surgery process. A highly skilled surgeon will not cut corners but offer you the genuine care and treatment you deserve as you embark on the weight loss journey.