Questions for Your Surgeon

 

  • Are you board certified in general surgery?
  • What other certifications or professional memberships do you have?
  • Do you perform the majority of your procedures open or laparoscopically?
  • How many of each bariatric procedure have you performed?
  • What is your mortality rate? Is it greater or less than the national average?
  • What complications of surgery do you come across most often?
  • Is your rate of complications greater or less than the national averages?
  • Which bariatric procedure is best for me?  Why?  What are the risks involved?
  • How long will I be in surgery?
  • What is the length of my anticipated hospital stay?
  • How long will it be before I can return to presurgery levels of activity?
  • How will my eating habits change?
  • Do you have information about bariatric surgery costs and payment options?
  • Can you provide me with the name of an insurance expert who can assist me in qualifying of surgery?
  • What is the typical excess weight loss and improvement of associated health conditions for your other patients?
  • Do you have patients who are willing to share their experiences?
  • What information can you give me to help family and friends better understand this surgery?
  • What do you expect from me if I decide to choose a surgical solution?
  • Does your program have established guidelines in patient selection?
  • Does your program offer evaluation and treatment for co-morbid conditions, such as type 2 diabetes and sleep apnea?
  • Is there a dedicated facility and staff for my care?  If yes, does this include a dedicated nursing staff and nurse practitioners?
  • Does the program offer support services for psychological needs?
  • Does the program offer registered dietitians?
  • Are the radiologists and anesthesiologists in the program board certified?
  • Will you work with my primary care physicians to ensure total wellness?
  • Will you work with me to get insurance approval?
  • If I am denied by my insurance company, do you offer any financing options?
  • Does the program offer support groups following surgery?
  • Can I have reconstructive surgery here after my weight loss? If not, can you recommend a surgeon?
  • Do you offer accommodations and travel assistance for out-of-town patients?
  • Does the program offer translation services for non-English-speaking patients?

 

 

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