Gastric Bypass Surgeons
The Who, What and Where

 Choosing the right gastric bypass surgeon is an extremely important decision.   It is a potentially life and death  decision.  Don't take it lightly. Choosing experienced gastric bypass surgeons is the No. 1 way to maximize  your success and reduce your risk of complications !!!

That's the Who, Gastric Bypass Surgeons. The what and where go hand and hand with the decision making process. 

The What is the surgery itself. Choosing a surgeon who is experienced and proficient in different types of bariatric surgeries will be better able to assist you in making the correct decision on the kind of surgery best suited for you! Whether it be gastric bypass, lap band or gastric sleeve, ect. 

The Where is also another big consideration. The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery urges you to choose a facility certified as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. Research shows outcomes are better in such facilities. In order to become such a center certain criteria must be met. 

It is a fact that the more surgeries  gastric bypass surgeons  perform the more likely you are to have better results from your surgery and fewer complications ! 

But how do you choose the best Gastric Bypass Surgeon for you?

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric surgery has a web page designed to help you find a qualified member to perform the bariatric surgery best suited for you.  Including  ASMBS  certified Gastric bypass Surgeons. 

Bariatric surgeons should be board-certified by American Board of Surgery or the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery. Such certification tells you that this surgeon has completed a rigorous training program and has met very-specific standards. Surgeons must be recertified every 10 years.

“It is also best they have completed a fellowship in bariatric surgery. Christine Ren Fielding, MD., founder and director of the New York University Langone Program for Surgical Weight Loss in New York City, suggests making sure the surgeon is a member of American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). This tells you that they are up-to-speed on the latest bariatric surgery developments. Dr. Blackstone is now president of ASMBS:

Whether gastric banding, gastric sleeve or gastric bypass, where you have your procedure is also important. Most experts recommend choosing an American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence or a program in the American College of Surgeons Bariatric Network.These certifications stress safety, proficiency and volume. Research has shown that bariatric surgery outcomes are better in hospitals that perform higher numbers of these surgeries.

Questions to Ask 

What different types of weight loss procedures do you offer?

Surgeons that do a variety of procedures usually give well-rounded information and help the patient pick the best procedure for them.“The main types of weight loss surgery include gastric banding with the Lap Band or Realize Band, gastric sleeve, gastric bypass and the duodenal switch.

How many cases do you perform annually of each type?

Some research suggests that surgeons get better with each procedure they perform. Data from the Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative found that the risk of dying and/or experiencing major complications was lowest when the surgeon did more than 300 cases per year.

What kind of follow-up care do you recommend?

Your journey is just beginning after your bariatric surgery, so you need a follow-up plan.  Most surgeons will offer patients an opportunity to follow up frequently in the first year and annually after that. Gastric bypass surgeons should be watching for nutritional deficiencies as well weight regain issues. Follow-up care varies for each individual procedure.

I am very pleased with my surgeon. He is Dr. Mathew Kroh from the Cleveland Clinic Bariatric and Metabolic Institute.

It has been a little over 3 years now since my laparoscopic roux-en-y gastric bypass surgery. I have had no complications, have lost all the weight I needed to loose and am living a much healthier, happier life!