Dr. Blackstone describes why it is best for patients to find a bariatric program that provides a nutritionist, support groups, and post-surgery education.
When you begin your research about where to have a bariatric procedure, it’s important to realize that the event of getting the actual surgery is a small piece of the whole journey. What you are really looking for is a comprehensive approach to your care which begins with a very good educational program that offers both group learning, Internet-based learning, and one-on-one.
So you want to know that you are going to be able to meet with and work with the nutritionist in person, that there’ll be people that are responsive to your questions as you go through the process.
For gastric bypass patients, many of them need to lose a little bit of weight ahead of time so that they really understand the behavior modification that will be required because when they may wake up from surgery, they are going to need to be able to make those changes.
A band, an adjustable gastric band patient, on the other hand, does most of their changing after the procedure. So you are really going to want to make sure that your program has good support groups in place that you can attend either online or live. You are going to want to make sure there’s a really good post-surgery education process.
Unlike the rest of surgery, this isn’t about a procedure; it’s really about a process. So you need to be sure that whatever program you choose is going to have that process in place for you.
About Dr. Robin Blackstone, M.D.:
Dr. Robin Blackstone is a surgeon and Director at the Scottsdale Bariatric Center and Medical Director at the Scottsdale Healthcare Bariatric Program. She is one of the few women surgeons in the world specializing in the Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass. With her practice focused entirely on Weight Loss Surgery, she is committed to providing patients with the very best care possible.