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When considering weight loss surgery, it is critical to find a well-qualified surgeon. Be careful when choosing a surgeon because they aren't created equal; some are better than others. There has been an exponential rise in the number of surgeons, particularly bariatric surgeons, because insurance has begun to pay for the procedure. Be sure that you find a surgeon that is knowledgeable about your particular procedure. A more experienced surgeon translates into a lower risk of complications. Most doctors have websites you can browse to learn more about their credentials. If possible, find a surgeon that has performed a minimum of 100 procedures. It is especially important that you feel comfortable and trust your surgeon. During your consultation, inquire about the surgeon's experience and type of complications that have occurred in the past. Your surgeon should be board-certified by the American Board of Surgery and a member of the American Society of Bariatric Surgeons.