U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 32-year-old member asked:

Do i have to see a specialist to get a gastric bypass ordered?

4 doctor answers14 doctors weighed in
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
Ordered no, done yes: Need a thorough, multidisciplinary evaluation, including psychologic, before the procedure is done. Needs to be done by a specialist/bariatric surgeon in a "center of excellence" which does at least 100/yr, with good results and follow up. Can have lots of complications during and afterward; need high quality care.
Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology 16 years experience
Yes: A surgeon trained in bariatrics will do the procedure. Any reputable surgeon will take you through a thorough process to determine your suitability of the procedure and carefully work up your health. You will also learn the strict requirements you will need to follow for possibly the rest of your life. Gastric bypass should be treated as one of the most important decisions of your life.
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Bariatrics 29 years experience
No: Some insurances require your primary care physician to refer you to a bariatric surgeon, especially if you're a member of an hmo.The majority of insurances, however have open access and allow you to see a specialist without a referral.If you are financing the procedure yourself, then it's not necessary.Find a quality surgeon in your area with experience and recognized as a center of excellence(coe).
Dr. Joseph Kuhn
A Verified Doctor commented
A US doctor answered Learn more
Also a good idea to find a surgeon in your area that does a fair amount of gastric bypass procedures. Some bariatric surgeons tend to specialize more in Bands or Sleeves. The bypass generally requires more expertise.
Mar 31, 2012
Dr. Joseph Kuhn
A Verified Doctoranswered
A US doctor answeredLearn more
Just a surgeon. : You normally can simply contact a bariatric surgeon directly. However some insurance companies require a referral from your primary. Also a good idea to get your primary doctors opinion. Best to search for someone with experience.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

Similar questions

CA
A 29-year-old female asked:

Can you get the gastric bypass twice?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Herman Hammerstead
A Verified Doctoranswered
A US doctor answeredLearn more
YES: It's called a revision of the original surgery

Related questions

A 40-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
A 49-year-old member asked:
2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
A member asked:
3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
A 39-year-old member asked:
2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Last updated Feb 22, 2014
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.