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6 Qualifications to Look for In a Weight Loss Surgeon Abroad

Posted by skymedicus STAFF on 7/24/2017 9:33 AM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017

As you research the benefits and details of having weight loss surgery (a.k.a. bariatric surgery) abroad, without question the most important question you need to answer is: how do I choose the right surgeon?

Before looking at some key factors, it’s necessary to point out that you should ALWAYS research and verify the qualifications of every member of your health care team – regardless of whether they’re located in an office down the street from where you live, or based in Mexico, Costa Rica, Thailand, India, Singapore, and so on. A more informed patient is a safer patient! 

With that said, here are the key factors to keep in mind.

Important Qualifications For Your Weight Loss Surgeon Abroad:

1. Licensing

Every country – and certainly not just the U.S. – licenses its surgeons. Licensing is either administrated by a college or a board, or handled by the government. Naturally, the first thing you’ll want to confirm is that your surgeon is appropriately licensed (i.e. by the proper authority in their jurisdiction/country), and that the license is in good standing with no suspensions, restriction or sanctions.

2. Experience

While every licensed surgeon will have experience, it is important to ensure that any prospective surgeon has extensive and verifiable experience performing the weight loss surgery that you are seeking (e.g. gastric bypass surgery, lap band surgery, etc.).

3. Affiliation 

Your prospective surgeon(s) should have appropriate affiliations with various medical colleges and other bodies (including international organizations), as well as hospital privileges. 

4. Commitment

It’s reasonably safe to assume that a licensed, experienced, and properly affiliated weight loss surgeon will be committed to your care. However, you need to go a step further and ensure this commitment extends to working with your local doctor before and after the surgery, so that together they can focus on what matters most: your safe, healthy and successful recovery. 

The good news is that a growing number of U.S. based doctors are embracing the opportunity to work with weight loss surgeons abroad in this way, because it enables them to provide greater care to their patients who are taking major steps to live healthier, safer and longer lives.

5. Communication

Good communication and rapport is essential when choosing the right weight loss surgeon abroad. You need to feel that your questions are taken seriously and clearly answered, and that you aren’t just being treated like a “number” or a “case”. 

6. Familiarity with U.S. Patients

And last but not least, it’s important for any weight loss surgeon abroad on your shortlist to have substantial familiarity providing care to U.S. patients. This is not about the actual delivery of care which is standard (as it should be!), but about communication, comfort and culture. For example, in the U.S., patients are encouraged to ask questions, to be assertive and take an active role in their care. Your surgeon abroad should accept and embrace these qualities.

Learn More

For additional insights and advice on qualifications to look for in a weight loss surgeon, contact the SkyMedicus team today. As always, your consultation is free, and there is no obligation.

Or if you wish, you can sign-up right now for free, and start browsing our database of vetted weight loss surgeons abroad. And if you wish, you can confidentially communicate with potential surgeons through our HIPAA-certified web-based portal. 

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Topics: Weight Loss Surgery

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