How to Select the Right Bariatric Surgeon

Bariatric surgery can be a life-changing procedure. Whether you haven’t had the results you’re looking for through diet and exercise or you have a significant health condition, bariatric surgery can help you reach those goals. However, bariatric procedures are complex and require a skilled surgeon to ensure they’re performed safely. The right surgeon should bear the training, skills, and experience needed to ensure the procedure is done correctly, along with care and compassion to make bariatric patients feel comfortable.

Three Things to Look for in a Bariatric Surgeon

We’ve outlined three traits that each surgeon should possess to help you in your search for a bariatric surgeon: 

  • Expertise

Bariatric surgery is a complicated procedure with a number of serious risks. This is why expertise is a must when choosing a surgeon. At GVS, Dr. Luis Benavente was fellowship trained in Advanced Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. He uses the latest methods for improved outcomes and patient safety. 

  • Communication

While bariatric surgery helps give patients the breakthrough they’ve needed to move towards their weight-loss goals, the patient must be committed to permanent lifestyle changes in order to ensure long-term success. This is why communication between the patient and bariatric surgeon is so important. Patients need to have clear instructions on activity levels, exercise, post-bariatric diet, and post-bariatric vitamins. A continued supportive relationship between the patient and bariatric doctor will help the patient stay on track.

  • Compassion

Seeking an opinion from a bariatric doctor can be exciting, but also intimidating. The right doctor should be encouraging, listen thoroughly, and guide their patients through the process with compassion every step of the way. At GVS, Dr. Benevente is known for his exceptional bedside manner and speaks fluent Spanish, which can provide additional comfort to patients wishing to speak in their native language.

If you’re interested in the GVS bariatric advantage, schedule a consultation with Dr. Benavente today. Or, call us at any time with questions at (574) 236-1888.

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