Questions to ask to your surgeon

Before any questions that come to mind as a result of browsing the Internet, you should know the questions that concern you and the questions that concern your surgeon you trust. Being a well-informed patient is good for you and good for your doctor. Here are some of the questions you should ask before deciding on a weight loss surgeon:

  • Am I a candidate for weight loss surgery?
  • How would I benefit from weight loss?
  • What types of weight loss surgery procedures have you performed?
  • Can you perform this surgery laparoscopically?
  •  Can I be considered a candidate for surgery even though I have one or more associated health conditions related to my obesity?
  • Which weight loss procedure is best for me? Why? What are the risks involved?
  • What is the length of my anticipated hospital stay?
  • How long will it be before I can return to pre-surgery levels of activity?
  • How will my eating habits change?
  • What is the cost of weight loss surgery?
  • What is the typical excess weight loss and improvement of associated health conditions for your other patients?
  • What information can you give me to help family and friends better understand this surgery?
  • Who will be responsible for my follow-up during and after hospital stay (you or your assistants)?
  • How can I maintain my lost weight?

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