Dr. Ellner shares how a woman can find an experienced bariatric revision surgeon.
From the patient’s perspective, what they need to look for when they are looking for a surgeon to perform a revision is number one–how successful is that surgeon’s primary bariatric patient population doing? Are they getting good follow-up? Does that patient go to the support group and find that the patients are feeling supported, that they are getting ongoing help and that they are having good outcomes?
Secondarily, it’s nice for patients to know that they can be provided with options. So I would recommend that they go to a surgeon who can perform any number of different types of revisions depending on the patient’s needs. Most importantly in this process is ensuring that the patient and the surgeon have appropriate chemistry, that the patient feels that they are going to have a good team relationship with the surgeon, and that the surgeon is going to be there in the long-term doing very aggressive close monitoring of the patient on a monthly basis for at least a year after their revision procedure.
Follow-up is absolutely critical to revisions, just like it’s critical to a primary bariatric procedure. If you do a great operation on the patient and turn them out without any help, they will be guaranteed to have problems at some point down the line.
About Dr. Ellner, M.D.:
Dr. Julie Ellner, M.D., is a bariatric surgeon and medical director of Alvarado's Surgical Weight-Loss Program at Alvarado Hospital.