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What are questions to consider when choosing a bariatric surgeon?

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  • Is the specialist board certified by the American Board of Surgery?
  • Are they a member of the American Society of Bariatric Surgeons?
  • How many weight loss surgeries has the surgeon done? (100 or more is ideal.)
  • How many of their patients have died from weight loss surgery? (Less than 1% is the average.)
  • How often do patients have complications? What side effects are most common?
  • What is the surgeon's success rate?

SOURCES: News release, Allergan. Sjöström, L. , December 2004. WebMD Medical Reference: "What to Expect After Weight Loss Surgery;" "Your Options in Weight Loss Surgery: Making the Choice;" "Preparing for Weight Loss Surgery;" "Life After Weight Loss Surgery;" and "Is Weight Loss Surgery for You?"


New England Journal of Medicine

American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery: "Bariatric Surgery Procedures."

Cleveland Clinic. 

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 7, 2019

SOURCES: News release, Allergan. Sjöström, L. , December 2004. WebMD Medical Reference: "What to Expect After Weight Loss Surgery;" "Your Options in Weight Loss Surgery: Making the Choice;" "Preparing for Weight Loss Surgery;" "Life After Weight Loss Surgery;" and "Is Weight Loss Surgery for You?"


New England Journal of Medicine

American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery: "Bariatric Surgery Procedures."

Cleveland Clinic. 

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 7, 2019

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