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Critical Questions You Need To Ask Your Bariatric Surgeon

Weight loss surgery is a life-changing decision. It’s imperative that you take the time to research your options, including who you choose as your bariatric surgeon. Below are the most critical questions to ask your bariatric surgeon before proceeding with weight loss surgery.

Is Roller Weight Loss an MBSAQIP Accredited Center?
In 2014, the bariatric weight loss surgery program at Physicians’ Specialty Hospital and Dr. Josh Roller of Roller Weight Loss, the program’s medical director, were designated as a Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) Accredited Center by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and the American College of Surgeons (ASC). After a lengthy and rigorous review process, including demonstrating low complication rates from surgery, a committed long-term plan for follow-up care, data submissions, and outstanding patient outcomes, the ASMBS and the ACS designated the bariatric weight loss surgery program at Physicians’ Specialty Hospital, Northwest Springdale, and Roller Weight Loss as MBSAQIP Accredited Centers, the highest recognition given. Because this accreditation promotes safer outcomes for bariatric surgery patients, major insurance payers, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, endorse the performance of metabolic and bariatric surgery by surgeons and hospitals with this prestigious award.
Is Roller Weight Loss a BSCOE designee?

Physicians’ Specialty Hospital and Roller Weight Loss are also a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence® (BSCOE). However, most insurance companies and the ASMBS ONLY recognize centers that are MBSAQIP accredited. This simply means that more patients have the option of weight loss surgery at Physicians’ Specialty Hospital because many insurance plans provide better coverage for bariatric surgery at an MBSAQIP accredited facility. So, yes. We are a BSCOE, but unfortunately, that does not mean much anymore.

How many weight loss procedures have you performed?

Experience matters, and it’s critical that your surgeon has the confidence that only an extensive number of surgical cases can provide. Your surgeon’s expertise can give you the comfort and confidence that you need. Dr. Roller has performed more than 8,000 weight loss procedures, from the roux-en-y gastric bypass, the sleeve gastrectomy, and the lap gastric banding procedure, all yielding great results. Dr. Kwon has performed more than 1,500 weight loss procedures. Dr. Roller, Dr. Kwon perform weight loss procedures laparoscopically, which can result in less pain, faster recovery, fewer complications, and a quicker return to your busy schedule. For more information on the laparoscopic approach and weight loss procedures performed by our physicians, click here.

Are you fellowship-trained in bariatric surgery?

Not all training programs are created equal. It’s very important that your bariatric surgeon has a great deal of experience and training in the field of weight loss surgery for you to gain ultimate peace of mind. A surgeon’s desire to obtain a fellowship demonstrates their commitment to the highest level of training. Dr. Roller, Dr. Kwon, Dr. Dutton, Dr. Rodriguez, and Dr. Pries are the only group of fellowship-trained bariatric and advanced laparoscopic surgeons in Arkansas.

Dr. Roller completed his Minimally Invasive Surgical Fellowship in Bariatric and Advanced Laparoscopic General Surgery at Duke University Medical Center, one of the premier bariatric surgery centers in the country. Dr. Kwon completed his Minimally Invasive Surgical Fellowship in Bariatric and Laparoscopic General Surgery at the University of Washington Department of Surgery in Seattle. Dr. Dutton completed her fellowship in Advanced Minimally Invasive Bariatric and General Surgery at Stanford University. Dr. Rodriguez completed his fellowship training in Advanced Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgery at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. Dr. Pries completed her fellowship training in Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery at the University of Missouri Bariatric Surgery. 

Do you offer multiple weight loss procedures?

Not everyone needs the same weight loss procedure. That’s why you must talk with your doctor about the surgical option that’s right for you. By offering multiple procedures, your surgeon can assure you that your individual needs will be met. Dr. Roller, Dr. Kwon, Dr. Dutton, Dr. Rodriguez, and Dr. Pries perform three laparoscopic procedures – the roux-en-y gastric bypass, the sleeve gastrectomy, and the lap gastric banding or LAP-BAND procedure. They are well versed and well trained in all three and can offer you the assurance that your health is in the best of hands. Click below for more information on our weight loss procedures:

Should I get a second opinion?

Weight loss surgery will change your life forever. You only get one chance to make this choice, so be sure you make the right one. A second opinion for your weight loss procedure is crucial, in order to give you the confidence that you’re making the right decision for you and your future. Our entire team takes great pride in helping patients make the right choice for their health, and this includes encouraging patients to do their research and ask the big questions. They want to make sure that you’re completely comfortable about surgery and prepared for the new life that awaits!


Are you ready to take the first step on the road to a longer, healthier life? Attend one of our FREE online seminars to learn more about our weight loss program and which path may be right for you.