⦁ Previous attempts at weight loss have not been successful long-term.
⦁ No medical or psychological conditions are present that would make surgery too risky.
⦁ The patient is motivated and willing to undergo surgery and a complete change in lifestyle.
⦁ BMI is 40 or above, or BMI is 35 or above with the presence of a serious complication for obesity, like diabetes, sleep apnea, or hypertension.
What should I look for in a bariatric surgeon?
When choosing a bariatric surgeon, there are a few things to keep in mind to discover the best fit for you. First, find out what their training and experiences are. Dr. Fadner and our other bariatric surgeons have received specialized training in specific areas around weight loss needs, like minimally invasive techniques, acid reflux, and revisional bariatric surgery.
Use these questions to find the information needed in your search:
⦁ Does the physician specialize in bariatric surgery?
⦁ Are they a fellow of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (FASMBS)?
⦁ Do they have a team of specialists supporting them?
⦁ Does the physician accept your health insurance?
⦁ Are they affiliated with a hospital with access to state-of-the-art technology?
Lastly, it is important to have face-to-face meetings with any bariatric surgeons you’re considering. Bariatric surgery is a life-changing procedure, so you should find a physician you are comfortable with and trust.
When searching for a weight loss center, what should I keep in mind?
When looking for a bariatric hospital, one should consider the center’s experience, patient education, and ongoing care and support. Ask these questions while searching:
⦁ How long have the physicians at the center been providing weight loss services?
⦁ Does the center have resources to encourage the patient after the surgery?
⦁ Do they provide pre- and post-surgery support services?
Another important thing to keep in mind is the credentials of the weight loss center. The Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) awards certifications to prominent bariatric programs across the country. St. Luke’s Health has three hospitals with this accreditation: Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, St. Luke’s Health–The Woodlands Hospital, and St. Luke’s Health–Patients Medical Center.