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    What questions should I ask my surgeon during a consultation for weight loss surgery?

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  • Dr Vytauras Kuzinkovas

    Bariatric (Obesity) Surgeon, General Surgeon, Upper GI Surgeon (Abdominal)

    Dr V. Kuzinkovas is a UK trained Consultant Surgeon, specializing in Upper Gastro-Intestinal, Obesity, advanced Laparoscopic and Gastro-Esophageal cancer Surgery. He has Visiting Medical Officer … View Profile

    Weight los surgery involves operations on the patient’s Upper Gastro – intestinal (Upper GI) tract which includes the stomach and oesophagus. Therefore - one of the most important qualifications to check for in a bariatric surgeon - are the surgical degrees with a specialty in an Upper Gastro – Intestinal Surgery. Find out how many years your doctor has been in practice, performing surgery and find out how often he does the procedure that you actually need. To maintain the high standard of Upper GI surgical skills and expertise - the surgeon must be also qualified in performing other complex major upper gastro –intestinal surgical operations, in particular - resectional oesophago– gastric cancer surgery. Otherwise it may be difficult and risky for the surgeon to offer an opinion on an operation that they do not perform routinely. As patients differ in their weight loss requirements and there are various weight loss surgical operations available - the surgeon should be able to advise and tailor the operation to every patient as an individual.

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