Dr. Mathias Fobi shares why patients should have their bariatric procedure performed at a hospital rather than a surgicenter.
Where you have the surgery depends on a lot of factors. The LAP-BAND® is a simple procedure that can be done at a surgicenter. It’s a day surgery that can be done. The gastric bypass, the sleeve gastrectomy, the biliopancreatic bypass, I recommend that they be done at a hospital.
Overall, I think it is better to do surgeries at a hospital than at a surgicenter because of the back up. At the time of surgery anything can happen. It is nice to do in a hospital where you have the experts; the lung specialists, the pulmonary sub-specialists available in case of the complications that can occur.
Weight loss surgery is major surgery. The LAP-BAND® might be a simple operation, but complications can occur. Well, you’ve heard the stories about surgicenters, when there’s a complication you have to call an ambulance, load up the patient and move him to a hospital. That time difference can be the difference between life and death. So, I am not against surgicenters, but I am just saying, if I had my choice, I will have these operations at a hospital than a surgicenter.
Dr. Mathias A.L. Fobi, M.D., F.A.C.S.:
Dr. Mathias A.L. Fobi, is an internationally recognized bariatric surgeon, who has changed the shape of Hollywood heavyweights such as Etta James and American Idol’s Randy Jackson. MAL, as he is known among friends, was born in Nkwen, a small village in Cameroon, West Africa. He is a member of the first batch, class of 1965, 0f Sacred Heart College in Mankon Bamenda in Cameroon. He came to the USA through the African Scholarship Program for American Universities (ASPAU) in 1966. This was a scholarship program that was inaugurated by President Kennedy along with the Peace Corps Program.
Condition: Obesity, Morbid Obesity, Weight Loss, Morbidly Obese
Related Terms: StomaphyX™, Weight Loss, Bariatric Surgery, LAP-BAND®, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Gastric Sleeve, Revisional Bariatric Surgery, Nutrition, Overweight, BMI, Body Mass Index, Decreased Mobility, Comorbidities, Diabetes, Hypertension, REALIZE®, GERD, Bariatric Seminars, REALIZE® Band, Minimally Invasive Bariatric Surgery, StomaphyX™
Expert: Dr. Mathias A.L. Fobi, Mathias A. L. Fobi, M.D., Dr. Fobi, Doctor Fobi, Bariatric Surgeon Dr. Fobi
Expertise: Incisionless Bariatric Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, LAP-BAND®, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Gastric Sleeve, Revisional Bariatric Surgery, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Fobi Pouch