In a city the size of New York, there are so many choices in bariatric surgeons that you could still be looking months from now for a reputable surgeon. While there are probably hundreds of doctors who could do the surgery, you want to know you are in the hands of a specialist who has your health and best interest at heart. Here are some of the best ways to find a reputable and experienced bariatric surgeon, even in a city that is home to thousands of doctors.
Working from the Top Down
Over the years we have all been guided by that Ma Bell telephone commercial “Let your fingers do the walking through the Yellow Pages.” Unfortunately, that is no longer the best way to find a well-qualified surgeon since there is a wealth of knowledge online. This is the best place to start, but where?
It would be a good suggestion to start from the top and work your way down – but what is the top? Here is where you need to familiarize yourself with bariatric and surgical organizations that are nationally recognized. Once you know what these organizations are, you can do a search of their websites to find members in your area. These are the recommended groups you should begin with:
- American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons (ASMBS)
- Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons
- American Board of Surgery
- Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons
- American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
- American College of Surgeons
- American Medical Association
Then there are statewide associations you could research such as the New York Medical Society. You are, after all, looking for a bariatric surgeon in New York.
What to do with Your List of Prospects
Once you have narrowed down your search and have a few names which interest you, it’s time to begin narrowing down the prospects. Many patients find that they like to see if the doctor has a website. This not only tells the prospective patient that the doctor is above board and transparent, it also provides a place to find better information on bariatric surgery.
A reputable and experienced bariatric surgeon will have loads of information on his/her website to tell you what you need to know about the different types of bariatric surgery, what to expect and whether or not you are a potential candidate.
A great surgeon will tell you right from the very beginning that bariatric surgery isn’t the be-all end-all in weight loss. You will need to make major adjustments to your lifestyle and psychiatric/psychological counseling may also be in order. Here you will also get a feel for what other patients are saying about their own experiences because there should be a place for comments and testimonials.
Top notch surgeons are not threatened by other doctors in the field as their schedules are already pretty tight. However, if you can luck out with bariatric surgery from NYBG at one of their New York locations, you will be doing great. Busy surgeons can still make time for new patients but they don’t need to worry about competition because they know their services are already in high demand.
Take the time to check out a surgeons’ affiliations and see what others are saying. This is so much better than pulling out a ten pound phone book and you can feel safe in the hands of a qualified expert in the field.
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