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3 Questions to Ask a Weight Loss Surgeon Abroad
Posted by skymedicus STAFF on 7/21/2017 4:26 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017
When planning for weight loss surgery abroad, a critical decision will be choosing your surgeon. This is because, just as here in the U.S., some surgeons have more experience than others.
What’s more, you may simply feel more comfortable with a certain type of surgeon. There is nothing wrong with this, and in fact, surgeons themselves encourage patients to make “personality” one of the criteria they consider when making their choice.
Trust and comfort are essential for strong relationships with every member of your health care team, regardless of whether they are located down the street, or in another country.
With the above in mind, you may be unsure of what kinds of questions you should ask a prospective weight loss surgeon abroad. Below, we provide some suggestions.
3 Questions to Ask Your Weight Loss Surgeon Abroad
Please note that if you partner with SkyMedicus (sign-up is free), you’ll be able to confidentially communicate with multiple prospective weight loss surgeons via our HIPAA-certified web dashboard. You’ll also be able to securely and privately send your health records, X-rays, and any other electronic document.
Question 1: What is your experience in providing weight loss surgery?
Every surgeon in the SkyMedicus database has been very carefully screened, and their experience level has been verified.
However, you’re certainly able – and in fact, encouraged – to ask any prospective weight loss surgeon about his or her experience; both as a surgeon in general, and specifically in terms of performing weight loss surgeries. You can also ask about experience with respect to various types of weight loss surgery (e.g. gastric bypass surgery, lap band surgery, etc.).
Question 2: What is your experience providing care for U.S. patients?
Once again, you can be assured that every weight loss surgeon in our database has verified experience providing care for U.S. patients, as well as those from other countries like Canada and the U.K., where medical tourism is very popular (the waiting lists in these countries for weight loss surgery covered by government-run health insurance can be more than 10 years!).
We encourage you to ask about surgery support systems and considerations that are in place to make the process easier and more comfortable for U.S. patients. These can include aspects such as language, hospital environment, food choices, and so on. We’re confident that you’ll find the answers to be a sense of comfort, as you discover that your prospective surgeon has helped hundreds – if not thousands – of patients from the U.S. and from other parts of the world.
Question 3: Will you work with my doctor to facilitate my safe recovery?
Every surgeon in our database is committed to working with your U.S doctor, in a collaborative partnership that is focused on the only goal that matters: your safe and healthy recovery after weight loss surgery. As such, you’re invited to ask questions about how this relationship should work, and the role you can play in facilitating communication.
Also, if you have any concerns that your U.S. doctor may balk at the idea of working with your weight loss surgeon abroad, then be assured that this is typically not the case. On the contrary, your U.S. doctor will most likely be very supportive, because he or she knows that it will improve your health: and that is all that matters.
Truly, the only concern your U.S. doctor should have is whether your weight loss surgeon abroad is experienced, licensed and proven. As noted above, this is a foregone conclusion when you choose a surgeon from the SkyMedicus database.
To learn more about choosing the right weight loss surgeon abroad, contact us today. As always, your consultation with us is free, and there is no risk or obligation.
Topics: Weight Loss Surgery