How Do You Choose A Gastric Band Surgeon?
You may have been reading a great deal about gastric band surgery, and may even have begun to think that it may be exactly what you need to get your weight under control and your life back on track. Youve probably talked it over with your doctor, and he or she may have helped you determine if gastric band surgery is right for you.
But what do you do now? How do you choose a gastric band surgeon?
Here are some factors to consider:
1. Experience. Your surgical outcome will be greatly enhanced if you choose an experienced gastric band surgeon. How many years experience does the gastric band surgeon have? How many procedures has he or she performed? What have been the outcomes?
2. Education and Qualifications. Is the gastric band surgeon a member of professional organisations that relate to bariatric surgery? Has he or she completed any special training related to gastric band surgery?
3. Preop. Meetings and Follow Up. Will you be able to talk directly to your gastric band surgeon before and after the procedure?
Gastric band surgery, like any other surgery, is an invasive procedure that carries with it some health risks. These risks can be minimised if you’re comfortable that you have selected the best possible gastric band surgeon available. Your gastric band surgeon needs to be available and willing to answer questions about the gastric band procedure, help you understand your options, manage your expectations, and provide you with the information you need.