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Research Your Surgeon Care Your Safety. Weight Loss Forever. Doctor’s License number. Ask for the Doctor's License number for your Mexican surgeon. Every bariatric surgeon will have two 7-digit numbers, one for general medicine and one for general surgery.
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Research Your SurgeonCare Your Safety Weight Loss Forever
Doctor’s License number • Ask for the Doctor's License number for your Mexican surgeon. Every bariatric surgeon will have two 7-digit numbers, one for general medicine and one for general surgery. • Enter the numbers in the link www.cedulaprofesional.sep.gob.mx • If you type in the number of a doctor/surgeon and it either doesn't exist or has a different name, a different spelling or a different university than what you see listed in the credentials, it is very likely that the number is fraudulent and they do not have a medical license.
Mexico Surgeon • For Mexican surgeons (as apposed to just doctors) you can enter their name in the search field provided in the link www.cmcgac.org.mx to check if they are accredited. • Just choosing ONE of their names will bring up all names that include that name. For example (James John Peters McSurgeon - enter just Peters and all licensed surgeons in Mexico with Peters in their name will come up)
Is the surgeon actually a BARIATRIC surgeon? • A BARIATRIC surgeon will be a member of the Mexican College of Bariatric Surgeons (If they are claiming to be Board Certified) • Use this link www.cmcoem.org(Click on DIRECTORIA on the very top of the page and then click on Cirujanos on the pull-down menu. Then look for the surgeon on the list provided (it is alphabetical). • If they are not on the list, they are not a member!
Board Certified in the United States, FACS or AFACS? • If your surgeon claims to be Board Certified in the United States, FACS or AFACS (a member of the American College of Surgeons) you can use this link. Very few Mexican Bariatric Surgeons are. It is very rare • Check it here: http://web2.facs.org/acsdir/default_public.cfm
A member of the ASMBS? • If your surgeon claims to be a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) you can verify their membership using the link here. • http://asmbs.org/member-search/
A member of the IFSO? • If your surgeon claims to be a member of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO) they will be listed here: http://www.ifso.com/member/FindMember.aspx
How Dangerous? • IF YOUR DOCTOR IS NOT LISTED WITH THE ORGANIZATIONS THEY CLAIM MEMBERSHIP IN, THEY ARE NOT ACCREDITED. This means they are operating ILLEGALLY or fraudulently misrepresenting themselves.
Is the Operating Room Safe? • MINIMUM: 1 Hour to prep and Operating Room • MINIMUM: 2 hours to sterilize stainless steel instruments • MINIMUM: 24 hours to sterilize plastic surgical instruments • MINIMUM: Number of Complete sets of Operating Instruments needed for each surgery: 1 to 1.
How many surgeries a surgeon performs in a day? • Many studies have shown that complication rates increase dramatically once a surgeon is tired . This is why a surgeon should only schedules two surgeries per day with an empty slot for emergencies • Any surgeon who treats a large group of patients traveling together in one or two days will have a higher complication rate then if he was treating the same number of patients over a week or two week period.
Does the Surgeon Have an Established Practice? • Is the center the surgeon works from an established bariatric practice? Or is he renting an OR from a hospital or clinic? Or is the the clinic or hospital designed and licensed for another specialty (obstetrics, Renal Unit, etc). • It is not recommended to use a surgeon who operates in cities far from their home.
Is the Facility Adequately Equipped? • Pictures of an OR are very helpful and it is recommend you ask for them. Some OR's in Mexico are lacking basic monitoring equipment or are not up to code. Just relying on a sales person to tell you they have everything required is generally unwise. Check for yourself.
What Happens if there is a Complication? • IMPORTANT QUESTIONS TO KNOW • COMPLICATION RATES • MORE ON COMPLICATION RATES • INFECTIONS • WHO IS LIABLE? • TRANSPARENCY
How Much Are They Charging? • Any centers offering surgeries at low, low prices are still making a LOT of profit. They wouldn't risk breaking the law and going to prison if there wasn't significant money to be made. • Remember: Reputable centers do not advertise sales, discounts, two for one deals, etc. Bariatric surgery is a serious decision
Who is the Anesthesiologist? • The surgeon is very important, but it’s actually the anesthesiologist who keeps you alive during surgery. • All bariatric centers should have both bariatric anesthesiologists and cardio anesthesiologists as well as oxygen monitoring equipment.
Is there Adequate Follow-Up? • Patients with good follow-up lose over a THIRD MORE weight than those patients who ‘go it alone’ • SUPPORT GROUPS • PATIENT TRACKING • POSTOPERATIVE GUIDELINES
More Research Tips! • Google • Type in your doctor's name and the following keywords to see what comes up: Lawsuits, Infections, Malpractice, Complaints, Disciplinary action, Arrest, Legal, Court, Reviews, Scams, Complications. Beware, etc.