Choosing a Weight Loss Surgeon and Practice
Deciding to undergo weight loss surgery is a significant decision to make. It is very common for people to consider their options for many years before coming to a decision. Once you have decided to go ahead with surgery, the next step is finding a surgeon and practice that you are both confident and comfortable with. This is an incredibly important part of your weight loss surgery and it is important you take your time with this.
But what should you be looking for? How do you know if a practice is the right fit for you? What should you be looking for in a surgeon? We understand this can be a very overwhelming process, so we have developed a guide outlining the most important things to consider in your search.
Choosing a Surgeon
Surgeons who perform weight loss surgery are called Bariatric Surgeons. It is very important to feel comfortable with your surgeon and have a good relationship with them. Ideally, you will be seeing your surgeon for life-long follow-up, so it is essential you choose a surgeon who you are confident can help support you throughout your entire weight loss journey.
Important questions for surgeons:
Choosing a practice :
It is crucial that you feel supported in every way along your weight loss surgery journey. The best environment for this is a multi-disciplinary clinic, which has a broad range of health professionals to assist you and provide a multifaceted approach to your care. Dietitians, Psychologists, Exercise Physiologists and Practice Nurses are all critical members of a supportive team, and ideally you should be seeing many health professionals for follow up. Ideally, you should try to find a practice that provides these services in one location. This not only makes it convenient and easy for you to maintain your regular follow-up, but it allows for good communication between health-care professionals.
Furthermore, a multidisciplinary practice will also be treating obesity as a multifactorial problem. The surgery itself just takes care of the biological aspect, but it is just as important to take psychological behaviours, habits and certain lifestyle factors into consideration if you are to achieve long-term success.
A practice with multiple team members in each discipline is a big plus too! This gives you the option to meet with different surgeons or dietitians to see who you click with the best prior to surgery. Do not be afraid to get a second opinion! Any great practice will welcome it.
Lastly, you want to find a practice that encourages at least long-term or ideally life-long follow-up. After all, the surgery itself is a tool that you will be working with for the rest of your life, so it is important to have that continual support. Bumps in the road are expected as changing lifestyles and habits is no easy feat, but a great team will be there every step of the way!