Q: What’s the difference between a general surgeon and a specialty surgeon, like you and Dr. Matt?
A: A general surgeon has general knowledge about many operations and many diseases with no in depth knowledge of one specific specialty. A specialty is someone who has taken general surgery and advanced it to have in depth knowledge of one specific area or organ. A specialty surgeons’ abilities are light-years ahead of general surgeons since they’ve spent a great deal of time studying and perfecting their specialty.
Q: Why is it important to choose a bariatric surgeon if you are considering weight loss surgery?
A: Even though bariatric surgery is not a recognized specialty (like a vascular surgeon for example), the treatment of the patient is different than a general surgeon. A general surgeon is not equipped to handle the complications and special needs of a bariatric patient like we are.
Q: Why did you choose bariatric surgery as your specialty?
A: I chose it for two reasons; the technical challenge in operating room – , laparoscopic gastric bypass is one of the toughest procedures out there and takes years to master. Secondly and most importantly, I love the patients and the outcomes. I love to see our clients succeed and I love getting rid of medical problems especially diabetes. We cure diabetes every day here, and that’s amazing to be able to say!
Q: When choosing a bariatric surgeon, what qualifications should one look for?
A: Make sure they are truly a bariatric surgeon, and they don’t just ‘dabble’ in bariatrics. There are four questions you should ask and if the answer is ‘yes’ to all four, you’ve found yourself a great bariatric surgeon.
- Do they do bariatric surgery full time?
- Are they familiar with and have performed a number of revisions?
- Have they completed a 4-year formal fellowship?
- Can they hand suture and perform surgery without a robot?