Choosing the Right Bariatric Surgeon: A Guide for Patients
Choosing the Right Bariatric Surgeon: A Guide for Patients

Choosing the Right Bariatric Surgeon

In the journey towards a healthier, happier life, the decision to undergo bariatric surgery is a pivotal moment that demands careful consideration and expert guidance. In the realm of weight loss surgery, the stakes are high, and the choice of surgeon can make all the difference. Let’s explore the crucial factors in choosing the right bariatric surgeon who can guide and shape your path to successful weight loss.

Check the qualifications and experience of the surgeon.

Choose a surgeon who is board-certified in general surgery and has undergone specialized training in the latest bariatric surgery techniques and technology. The surgeon should also be highly experienced having performed a large number of bariatric surgeries and has a low complication rate. Enquire about your surgeon’s credentials, success stories, and outcomes data, or check online sources such as the Obesity Surgery Society of India or Indian Association of Surgical Gastroenterology.

Choose a surgeon who is supported by a multidisciplinary team.

Bariatric surgery is not just a surgical procedure, but a comprehensive program that involves nutrition, psychology, exercise, and support. You want a surgeon who works with a team of experts who can provide you with preoperative and postoperative care and guidance. You can ask the surgeon about the members and roles of their team, or you can visit their clinic or hospital to meet them in person.

Look for a surgeon who is patient-centered and empathetic.

Bariatric surgery is a personal and emotional decision. Your surgeon should understand your needs and goals. They should listen to you, answer your questions, address your concerns, and respect your preferences. Get a sense of the surgeon's personality and communication style by talking to them on the phone, reading their reviews, or scheduling a consultation with them.

Choosing the right bariatric surgeon is not an easy task, but it is worth the effort. By following these tips, you can find a surgeon who can help you achieve your weight loss goals and improve your health and happiness. Remember, bariatric surgery is not the end, but the beginning of a new and better life.

Dr. Mahendra Narwaria is a highly-qualified bariatric surgeon who is a pioneer in laparoscopic bariatric surgery in India, with over 20 years of experience and more than 10,000 surgeries performed. He has achieved several milestones and awards in his field, such as operating on the youngest and heaviest patients, performing the first scarless and hybrid sleeve gastrectomy.