lots of things!!!
and first things first: you must decide for yourself if you are satisfied with the amount and types of information he gives you, the level of attention he gives you, how well he listens.
here are some other, more-specific ideas...
1.. how many patients/how many deaths/how long has he been doing this/complication rates
2. support groups
3. post-surgery diet. and if he doesn't tell you to eat lots of protein and instead allows you to eat mashed potatoes, rice, pasta, ASK HIM WHY. if he 's a carnation instant breakfast kind of guy, ask him specifically about higher-protein supplements [and this is key, along with his attitude. you would be challenging him at this point. how he handles the challenge is crucial.]
4. are the nurses/other caretakers in the hospital trained in caring for obese patients after the surgery
5. how long is hospital stay and what would keep you there longer.
6. drains? breathing tube? some patients get them, others don't. i had a breathing tube during surgery, but no drains. my surgery buddy had drains but no tube.
7. how big was his heaviest patient and how much did this person lose
8. average % of weight loss in his patient population, and how many kept it off
9. how many have hit goal and stayed there
10. support for any plastic surgery: will he do it or refer?
that's my off-the-top-of-my head list... if i come up with more, i'll let you know.
Start your day with a smile, and get it over with.
Keeping it off is a hundred decisions a day that help you maintain what you achieved. And that's the hard part. - L Sanders
start: 506 [Sept 2001]
weight at gastric bypass [Jan 29, 2002]: 409
current weight: 225
weight for plastic surgery: 200
final goal: 180
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