The search for a qualified weight loss surgeon can be completed in a number of ways. Some of the more common methods include:
- Personal referral from someone you know
- Referral from your primary care practitioner
- Online search
- Author/Expert Publication such as a journal or the book you are reading
- Local marketing (i.e. radio, billboard, TV, newspaper or other publication)
Remember to ask the questions reviewed in my previous blog. Evaluate the available options and select the surgeon, staff and program that will best fit you and your needs. This is a decision that requires careful consideration. Talking to someone who has already had surgery with the surgeon you are considering is often very helpful.
You will want to attend an on-site seminar with the surgeon (not just his/her assistant or office staff). This is a great way to get to know the surgeon, learn about the various procedures he/she performs, their particular outcomes, the comprehensive program they offer, get to meet their staff and learn more about your options. If you are unable to attend an on-site seminar, many surgeons also offer a comprehensive online webinar such as the one on our website at www.cfwls.com.