Choosing a Bariatric Surgeon

Choosing a bariatric surgeon is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. After all, not only are you looking for a medical professional with the experience and expertise to minimize the risks and maximize the likelihood of success concerning your bariatric procedure — you’re also looking for a doctor who will partner with you on a lifelong journey to health and wellness.


  • To reduce avoidable surgical complications and mortality, it is imperative you go to a surgeon who has performed at least 100 operations at a high-volume (>100 cases/ year) surgical center that has specific bariatric surgery credentialing guidelines. Ideally, you should have your surgery at a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence (BSCOE.)
  • Follow-up care is essential for the long-term success of the operation, and your surgeon should have a formal life-long after care program administered at his or her office, which includes support groups and a multidisciplinary team.
  • Consider seeing a surgeon who is in bariatric practice >75% of the time to ensure he or she will continue to provide your life-long aftercare. (Finding a surgeon to assume your care in the event your doctor retires or no longer wishes to practice bariatric surgery can be difficult.)
  • Be sure you not only are satisfied with your surgeon, but also with his or her support staff. Having surgery places you in a life-long relationship with your surgeon; be sure their office meets your needs and you feel comfortable.

Dr. David Provost has nearly 20 years’ experience in bariatric surgery and has performed hundreds of successful weight loss surgery procedures, including gastric bypass surgery, adjustable gastric banding (Lap-Band®) surgery, and revision surgeries. He is regarded as one of the most skilled and highly qualified bariatric surgeons in the nation, and has taught bariatric surgery techniques to doctors from across the country.

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