073 How to Choose a Bariatric Surgery Program with John Bukenas

by reeger on July 12, 2016

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How to Choose

In this episode I welcome back John Bukenas. We explore how to choose a bariatric surgery program. If you are new to the podcast, John and I have talked about his obesity and the possibility of bariatric surgery in episodes 26 and 45.

Topics discussed in the episode

  • John’s struggles and declining health
  • First Step: Contact your insurance
  • Medicare qualification
  • National Institutes of Health bariatric surgery candidate recommendations
  • Accreditation. MBSAQIP. ASMBS.
  • Medicare does not require you to have surgery at an accredited center
  • Pros and Cons of large practices that offer bariatric surgery as part of their service
  • Online versus In-person seminars
  • Considering how stable is the bariatric surgery practice
  • What are the programs pre-op process and education
  • The importance of involving your primary care provider
  • Facing fears. John confronts the truth that he is now more afraid of dying of his obesity than having bariatric surgery
  • I suggest John connect with Jeff Newell
  • What educational methods does the program use to teach their patients
  • What kind and how many support groups does the program offer
  • Does the program have robust short and long term follow-up care
  • Obesity is not curable. It is treatable. It can go into remission, but it is not curable.
  • We explore the nature of shame around obesity
  • Number one regret around bariatric surgery is that the person waited too long before having it
  • John considers going back to his “Let’s Reverse Obesity” Podcast.
  • John’s goals for why he would go back to Let’s Reverse Obesity
  • Evaluating the location of the physical space of a practice
  • WLSP Facebook friends offer thoughts on choosing a bariatric surgery program
  • Emotional and psychological support before and after bariatric surgery
  • What about medical tourism
  • Obesity Action Coalition’s Your Weight Matters National Convention is in Washington, DC this year
  • Psychological, nutrition, fitness evaluations
  • If you are required to do medical weight management

Mentions in this Episode
Becoming a patron of this podcast via Patreon THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!
Medicare
ASMBS
MBSAQIP
Let’s Reverse Obesity Podcast
Obesity Action Coalition

Your Weight Matters National Convention
SitandBeFit

Connecting with John Bukenas
John@letsreverseobesity.com
Twitter @johnbukenas
Facebook Let’s Reverse Obesity
Want more of John and his quirky/funny humor? Check out his other podcast Off in the Weeds with the hilarious Jessica Kupferman

Connecting with Me
reeger@weightlosssurgerypodcast.com
Twitter @preegerc
Facebook Weight Loss Surgery Podcast

Never forget, I believe in you,

Reeger

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Ken Arnold August 24, 2016 at 3:40 am

Hello Reeger
In British Columbia Canada, I had to wait 4.5 years to get my gastric sleeve surgery , I had to see a shrink , visit my surgeon every year and discuss why I want this surgery . Lots and lots of tests ,He also had me talk to lots of people that have had this procedure done . I live in northern part of my province so my surgery was done 3000 kilometres from home! So let’s just say the follow up has not been great. I have lost 165lbs since my surgery in Feb. 23 2015 , my starting weight was 498lbs it has been a rough road ,but I am very glade I did it.

Thanks Ken Arnold

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reeger September 11, 2016 at 3:53 am

Hi Ken, Thanks for sharing your story. I am curious, is your experience of what it took to qualify for bariatric in Canada typical? Reeger

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