Nacogdoches, TX 75965
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Gastrointestinal Surgery Centers
Gastrointestinal conditions that require surgery may include diseases and conditions affecting the anus, colon, bile duct, gallbladder, liver, pancreas, peritoneal cavity, rectum, small intestine, spleen, and stomach. In fact, if you are considering one of the many types of bariatric surgeries available, then you may have your procedure done at a Nacogdoches gastrointestinal surgery center. Your bariatric procedure may also take place in a dedicated bariatric surgical center if your surgeon has access to one near your location.
Evaluation Criteria for Surgical Centers
Bariatric surgery is more conventional than it once was, but that doesn’t mean that it comes without risks. And while the risk of surgical complications is always present, you should do your pre-surgery due diligence with regards to your surgeon’s skills as well as the qualifications of the medical facility your doctor uses for bariatric procedures.
Just as patients rate your doctor (healthgrades.com, vitals.com as examples) so, too, are hospitals ranked by regulatory bodies, Healthgrades, and various publications such as U.S. News and World Report. Also, specialty-specific organizations related to bariatrics also have ratings and certifications for surgical centers that are vital measures of the quality of facility and staff at the center.
Perhaps you have selected a doctor and he or she performs all their surgeries at a particular hospital. Or, perhaps you have had a long standing relationship with a hospital and they have referred you to a bariatric surgeon on staff. In either case, you will want to vet completely, or check out, the qualifications of the facility as well as the skills of the surgeon. Both are critical to your safety and well-being before, during and after surgery.
Here are some considerations when evaluating a surgical center:
- Patient Safety – Does the facility have an excellent safety record and a low infection record?
- Survival rates – How does the facility compare with other bariatric hospitals?
- Number of surgeries – Are bariatric surgeries often performed at this hospital?
- Reputation – How does this hospital facility rate with patients and regulators?
- Patient to staff ratio – Will you have to wait for assistance when needed?
- Location – Is the facility located close to where you live so that it is convenient for you and your visitors?
Another item to remember is that you should take the time to visit the hospital where you will be having surgery so that the facilities and layout become familiar to you. After surgery during recovery, you will want to feel as comfortable as possible with your surroundings and a pre-visit walk-through might help you rest a little easier.