Dr. Mathias Fobi describes what occurs during the initial visit between a woman and her bariatric surgeon.
The first visit is a free visit. It’s called an informational session. You’ve been shown a videotape that talks about obesity, the various non-surgical treatments, the surgical options that are available, and you will be given the option to think about it whether surgery is an option for you. If it is said that surgery is an option, then you will be scheduled for a consultation with one of the surgeons. If you think surgery is not an option, you’ll walk away and you don’t have to come back. Nobody tries to talk you into having surgery.
There are quite a few patients who come in for the session two or three times before they make up their mind, which we think is a good sign because we don’t want anybody making their mind in a hurry. On the other hand, 90% of the patients who come in already know what they want because that information is readily available on the network. Patients go on research what surgery they want. They research the surgeon; they research the center.
So when patients walk in, for instance, come into my clinic, they already know, “I am coming in to have the Fobi pouch and I want Dr. Fobi to do it,” or “I am coming to have the LAP-BAND® and I want Dr. Naim to do it,” or “I am coming in to have sleeve gastrectomy and I want this doctor to do it.” Most of these patients coming in are well informed because they have done their research on the network. The availability of information on the network has done a lot to alter the way medicine is practiced.
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