084 Obesity, Metabolic Disorders, and Bariatric Surgery as a Friend: A Conversation with Bariatric Surgeon Dr Samer Mattar

by reeger on June 25, 2017


Obesity, Metabolic Disorders, and Bariatric Surgery as a Friend

In this episode I have a conversation with Dr Samer Mattar. Dr Mattar is a bariatric surgeon and director of bariatric surgery at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. Additionally, he is the president-elect of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

In this episode Dr Mattar shares thoughts on:

  • Why he chose to become a surgeon in general and bariatric surgeon specifically.
  • The future of bariatric surgery.
  • Considerations when trying to help patients navigate their surgical options.
  • Why obesity is more a symptom than a disease.
  • Why a person develops metabolic disorders resulting in obesity.
  • How to help optimize a person prior to bariatric surgery.
  • Insurance-mandated medical weight management as pre-requisite for approval of bariatric surgery.
  • The reason for the gap between those who could benefit from bariatric surgery and those who actually have bariatric surgery.
  • The courage of someone seeking bariatric surgery.
  • The work that remains to be done in helping referring providers establish trust in bariatric surgery and in bariatric surgery programs.
  • Then: Reeger offers some concluding thoughts

Connecting with Reeger: 

email: reeger@weightlosssurgerypodcast.com
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In Kindness,

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