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can you please describe the first step in getting weight loss surgery?

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Dr. Gregg Nishi
22 years experience Bariatrics
Weight loss surgery: Do your research and find a surgeon with years of experience and a good reputation. Make an appointment and see if you are comfortable with the surgeon. It doesn't hurt to get a second or even third opinion. Having surgery is a big decision and you want a competent and caring surgeon that you are comfortable with. You also want a practice that offers a lot of support programs as well.
Answered on Apr 26, 2014
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Dr. John Munshower
30 years experience Family Medicine
Discuss with Doc: Speak to a "bariatric" surgeon who performs the procedure. Ask them at what weight do they recommend the surgery and after what modalities you can try to lose. Certainly, every surgeon is going to want you to go on a weight loss diet and exercise regimen first. Referrals to heart, lung and psychiatry, and often a sleep study may be preformed first before surgery is considered. Best wishes.
Answered on Jul 19, 2014

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