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Do I have to see a specialist to get a gastric bypass ordered?
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Dr. Arthur Heller
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
7 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Arthur Heller
Dr. Arthur Heller
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6 doctors agree
In brief: 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).

In brief: 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. Matthew St. Laurent
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
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Dr. Joseph Kuhn
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.
Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology
2 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Matt Malkin
Dr. Matt Malkin
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Dr. Joseph Kuhn
Bariatrics
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Joseph Kuhn
Dr. Joseph Kuhn
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