Choosing the Right Doctor and Facility
The decision to have surgery is not one that should be taken lightly. It often arouses feelings of anxiety. Understanding the procedure and picking the right facility and surgeon can often alleviate those anxious feelings.
The follow are basic factors to consider when determining the qualifications of your surgeon:
- Gastric Banding Experience
- Laparoscopic Experience
- Track Records (i.e. percentage of successful cases)
- Past Work
- Training and Education
A good opportunity to learn more and get a good feel for the surgeon is to sit down and talk with them in person. Ask questions, especially during the consultation phase of the LAP-BAND® process. At oBand® Miami, you are afforded this opportunity during your free Evaluation or Seminar. Additionally, speak with past patients and get referrals from friends/family. You can speak to past patients on internet forums or Facebook groups.
Other factors to consider:
· Staff — Often overlooked, the office staff, nurses and other health professionals are all critical in providing that high level of care and sustained support you're looking for.
· Multidisciplinary Support Team — Includes nutrition and exercise counseling, psychological support and related subspecialties team. At oBand® Miami, for example, this includes a patient advocate who will guide you through your insurance verification process and answer any questions you may have before and after your surgery.
Picking the right facility is something that is often overlooked. Many assume that all facilities are the same and have the same equipment. Making the right choice, however, is important because as you commit to the weight loss program you will be laying down the foundation for a long-term relationship with the facility, not just the surgeon. The number of outpatient facilities has risen rapidly over recent years, with the offerings of lower costs, better scheduling, shorter hospital stays and faster recovery. While these benefits are real advantages, you should know what to look for when choosing an outpatient facility.
Facility must be properly equipped and adequately staffed
Check for proper certifications and accreditations
Take a look at the actual facility itself and understand the program they offer. If the facility is certified and accredited, chances are you will be satisfied with what you see.