Houston Weight Loss Surgeons Discuss How to Choose the Right Bariatric Practice

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With the most recent statistics from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) stating that nearly 220,000 of the clinically eligible morbidly obese population underwent bariatric surgery this past year, Dr. Sherman Yu, a bariatric surgeon in Houston, and his partner Dr. Terry Scarborough say that choosing the right practice for bariatric surgery is one of the most important factors dictating the success of weight loss surgery. Drs. Yu and Scarborough discuss key aspects to look for in a practice before undergoing a weight loss procedure such as gastric plication to help improve results and get patients back on track towards leading a healthier life.

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How to Choose a Bariatric Surgeon According to Houston Weight Loss Surgeons

There is no single most important factor but a variety of things a patient needs to consider. Being comfortable with the surgeon and the practice is key as well.

According to the latest report from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), of the 15 million Americans who have morbid obesity, only 1% (220,000) of the clinically eligible population underwent bariatric surgery. While the ASMBS study also shows that patients who undergo weight loss surgery may improve life expectancy by 89% when compared to those who do not have surgery, Drs. Sherman Yu and Terry Scarborough of the Texas Laparoscopic Consultants, a Houston bariatric surgery practice, say that choosing the right surgeon is essential for ensuring those results are achieved safely and effectively. Dr. Yu and Dr. Scarborough say patients should make every effort to evaluate a weight loss surgery practice thoroughly based on several important factors before making any decision regarding a LAP-BAND® System surgery or other bariatric procedure.

Dr. Yu says patients need to be sure to consider all of the options surrounding a bariatric surgery practice in order to verify if their weight loss goals can and will be met. Regardless of which procedure patients are considering, he says he always urges patients to seek out a board-certified surgeon to ensure they have the proper experience, training, and credentials. Dr. Yu also recommends patients take the time to consult with their surgeon about the procedure that is best for them, as each patient has individual needs. “I believe choosing a surgical practice with board-certified surgeons that offer the complete spectrum of weight loss procedures is an important aspect to consider when choosing a weight loss surgeon. That way a patient is not pigeon-holed into a single procedure that may not be what they wanted or what’s right for them.”

For all patients considering any weight loss surgery, whether it be gastric bypass or LAP-BAND in Houston, Dr. Scarborough says another important characteristic to look for in a bariatric surgery practice is doctor-patient communication and a surgeon’s dedication to patient satisfaction and comfort. By seeking a practice that is dedicated to weight loss surgery and their patients, he says patients can rest assured that their results will be of the highest quality. Dr. Scarborough adds that through the hands of a qualified and passionate weight loss surgeon, patients will receive the comprehensive care and support they need to make a change in their life for the better.

“A practice that is devoted to weight loss surgery will likely have better outcomes and provide better follow-up and support (such as nutrition, psych, and support groups), which are key aspects to long-term success. There is no single most important factor but a variety of things a patient needs to consider. Being comfortable with the surgeon and the practice is key as well.”

About Sherman C. Yu, MD

Following graduation with High Honors in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Sherman Yu earned his medical degree with honors from Baylor College of Medicine. He completed a residency and surgical training at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, where he served as Chief Resident in Surgery and gained an interest in laparoscopic surgery and minimally invasive techniques for obesity treatment. Dr. Yu also completed a year-long fellowship in robotic surgery and minimally invasive surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center, after which he was brought on as an Assistant Professor of Surgery. As a recognized Centers of Excellence® Surgeon by the Surgical Review Corporation, he was the first surgeon in Houston to perform the single incision laparoscopic (SILS) gastric sleeve procedure as well as the SILS adjustable gastric band procedure. He is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery and a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, the American College of Surgeons, and several other professional organizations.

About Terry Scarborough, MD

A native of Clovis, New Mexico, Dr. Terry Scarborough graduated with honors from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and received his medical degree, also with honors, from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. He completed a surgical residency and a year-long fellowship in laparoscopic surgery at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Dr. Scarborough has performed over 4,000 laparoscopic procedures, including over 1,000 laparoscopic weight loss procedures. He is a certified proctor for the Ethicon Endosurgery Corporation, teaching surgeons around the country how to perform the REALIZE® gastric banding procedure. Dr. Scarborough is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons and the Southwestern Surgical Society.

Located at 1200 Binz. Suite 950 in Houston, TX, Texas Laparoscopic Consultants can be reached at (713) 493-7700. It can also be contacted online via the website tlcsurgery.com or facebook.com/tlcsurgery.

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