Although the UK is home to some of the best surgeons and medical clinics in Europe, you should still take you time to find the right obesity surgeon for you. Weight loss surgery involves a tremendous amount of skill and expertise, and a not insignificant level of risk. It's therefore vital to find the best surgeon and the best clinic or hospital as you can.
One of the key aspects of achieving this, is by choosing a surgeon with a strong track record of performing the procedure you want. If you're looking to have a gastric bypass, you need a surgeon and clinic with experience in this particular treatment. Although, different types of weight loss treatment are similar, they are not the same. A surgeon can have tremendous experience in one procedure but much less so in another.
Your local GP should be your first port of call in establishing which clinic is best for you. He or she can advise you of what's available both privately and under the NHS. Your GP may also be able to share with you the experiences of previous patients who have had similar treatment.
However, although your local GP is the best source of information and advice, it's important to also do your own homework. Research the internet for obesity clinics and well regarded surgeons. In most cases, your GP will give you excellent advice but it's not unheard of for a local doctor to be a little out of date in such a modern area of medicine. It's not sacrilege to question or double check what a GP tells you. In cases as important as weight loss surgery, it would be foolish not to.
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