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What Is a Bariatric Surgeon?

A Bariatric Surgeon is a doctor who performs bariatric surgery to reduce a patient’s excess weight. This type of surgery is often performed using laparoscopic surgery. It is important to understand the risks and side effects associated with this type of surgery before undergoing it.

Dr. Weber is a Bariatric Surgeon

Dr. Weber’s medical training includes a combined B.S./M.D. program from Kent State University and Northeastern Ohio University. This unique program allows select students to complete all of their coursework in as few as six years, instead of the typical eight years. She was also inducted into the AOA Honor Medical Society. She also dedicated a portion of her training to research and published extensively.

Dr. Weber is a board certified general surgeon who has extensive training in bariatric surgery. She has performed hundreds of bariatric operations. She also has extensive experience with Dr Govind Krishna advanced foregut surgery. In addition, she is skilled in performing laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication, a common procedure for gastroesophageal reflux disease.

She believes that bariatric surgery is the last resort for patients who have tried all other methods of losing weight. Her patients often report that they suddenly have the energy to cross their legs and bend over to tie their shoes. One former patient was so thrilled to be able to wear a belt!

Dr. Weber uses laparoscopic surgery to perform bariatric surgery

Dr. Philip Weber is a board-certified physician who specializes in minimally invasive surgery. He has advanced training in laparoscopic surgery and has published numerous scientific articles on the topic. He performs a variety of solid organ and gastrointestinal procedures and has pioneered the use of laparoscopic surgery for patients who are obese.

Bariatric surgery should be supervised by a board-certified bariatric surgeon who has extensive experience. The patient should have had a full understanding of the risks and benefits of the procedure prior to surgery. Patients should also be educated about the procedure and how to live with the results. Before surgery, patients should undergo a nutritional and psychological evaluation, physical exam, and blood tests. Imaging studies of the stomach and upper endoscopy may also be required.

Bariatric procedures fall into two categories, gastric restrictive procedures and malabsorptive procedures. Gastric restrictive procedures create a small pouch in the stomach, causing the individual to eat less than usual and lose weight. This type of surgery is effective in treating obesity, but is associated with significant risks.

Dr. Weber works with a psychologist for weight loss

Using the skills of a psychologist to help patients lose weight and maintain healthy habits is an integral part of weight loss surgery. Behavioral therapy involves modifying unhealthy thinking patterns and behaviors and reinforcing positive behaviors to achieve the goal of healthy weight management. However, people often experience negative feelings when trying to change unhealthy habits. For instance, they may view weight loss as punishment or have an all-or-nothing attitude. To avoid these negative reactions, psychologists work with patients to work through the underlying issues and provide rewards to encourage healthy behaviors.