Choosing the right surgeon to perform obesity surgery is very important. You should seek a surgeon with exceptional surgical skills and dedication to follow-up care. Most general surgeons avoid operating on the very obese, as the risks and difficulty of performing operations in the obese patient's abdomen are better handled by experts who specialize in obesity surgery.
You will want to find a surgeon who is board certified in general surgery and affiliated with The American Society of Bariatric Surgery. This group of surgeons is committed to the surgical treatment of obesity. You should be comfortable with your surgeon and confident that he/she gives you good answers to all your questions.
Choosing the type of surgery that is right for you is important – your surgeon should explain the options carefully and in a way you completely understand before you decide.
The surgeon should be able to offer more than one type of surgery, as the specific procedure needs to be matched carefully to the individual patient.
Laparoscopic surgery, with its many benefits, is technically more demanding than traditional open surgery. Your surgeon should be experienced with laparscopic techniques for obese patients.
Finally, both the surgeon and the bariatric surgery program you select should be dedicated to your ongoing care, with support groups, lifelong follow-ups and the availability of nutritionists who can help you maintain good health after surgery.