Finding the right treatment for obesity-related health problems can be difficult. When you choose bariatric surgery as your solution, you’re choosing to live the rest of your life by new, healthier standards. One thing many people usually don’t think about is their bariatric clinic and surgeon. You have to make sure that you’re visiting the right people who have your best interests in mind. Remember that the clinic you decide to visit will usually be the one that you go to for a very long time. Start your journey to weight loss the right way. Do your research and find a bariatric clinic and surgeons that meet your needs and exceed your expectations. Here are some helpful tips for finding the weight loss center that’s perfect for you.
Choosing Your Surgeon
Selecting the most qualified surgeon is the first and most important step in finding a clinic for your weight loss surgery. When searching for the best bariatric surgeon for you, there are certain criteria that you’re going to want to look for when you’re doing the research. Take your time and make sure you’re looking for the following credentials in a weight loss surgeon:
Look for the surgeon’s bio on the clinic website or call the office and ask if the surgeon is a member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Members of the ASMBS have years of experience in the field and must meet numerous updated and strict standards.
- Must have performed at least 25 bariatric surgeries within last two years
- Must be board certified by the American Board of Surgery or the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery and/or be a Fellow of the American or Royal College of Surgeons
- Submit letters of recommendation from two current regular or senior members
Specialization in Laparoscopic Surgery
Having a surgeon with a plethora of experience in laparoscopic weight loss surgeries is important. Laparoscopic surgeries, as opposed to open surgeries, require less invasion, allow patients shorter recovery times and produce significantly less scarring. Having this option available to you may be an important consideration in a surgeon.
Glowing Patient Reviews & Testimonials
When considering a bariatric surgeon, previous patient testimonials and stories are one of the biggest deciding factors. You should carefully review the information and reviews on the surgeon’s website, and also perform a Google search on the surgeon to see any other reviews that appear. Patients will often share the results from their surgery and give valuable information about the experiences that they had with their surgeon, dietician, nurses and anyone else associated with the weight loss center.
Choosing Your Clinic
Look for a comprehensive surgical center that will provide you with the best well-rounded patient care. High-quality surgery clinics will have an abundance of resources for its patients before and after surgery. Search for a center that includes the following resources for its patients:
- affiliation with nearby hospitals
- affiliation with psychologists and physical therapists
- nutritional appointments
- support groups
- weight loss seminars
- insurance coordinators
Not only do you want a surgeon that is compassionate and understanding of your goals, but you also want front desk staff and nurses to treat you considerately and respectfully. Having the best surgeon and team to support you can make a big difference in your weight loss experience. Don’t settle for a place that makes you feel “less than.” Visit the clinic that you have in mind for a consultation to test the waters. See how the doctors and nurses treat you as their patient. You should feel like a priority to them. By visiting the center and taking precaution before you jump right into your bariatric surgery, you know that you’re making an informed decision. This way, you’ll find a clinic and a surgeon that will meet your needs with every visit.
At Riverside, our philosophy has always been about putting our patients’ needs first. We provide you with all of this information and more, so that you can make the most informed decision about your weight loss needs and expectations. We want to make sure that you’re getting the support and resources required for you to reach your weight loss goals. If you’re interested in receiving outstanding bariatric care from Riverside Surgical and Weight Loss Center, contact us today!