Would you buy a Groupon for gallbladder removal? How about choosing the cheapest cardiac surgeon? Discounted disc replacement?
It sounds absurd in these examples, but some people choose a bariatric weight-loss surgeon based primarily on flashy advertisements that offer special pricing. But what you want is a highly trained expert committed to patient care.
Drs. Joseph Cribbins III and Stephen Hamn, bariatric surgeons on the medical staff at Texas Health Center for Diagnostics & Surgery in Plano, are highly trained and have years of experience operating on those who wish to surgically lose weight.
“I was a surgeon in the Air Force, and after I completed my service in 1992, I saw a need for bariatric surgeons in North Texas,” says Dr. Hamn, who is one of a select few surgeons in the country to perform general surgery, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, Lap-Band, laparoscopic gastric bypass, and the Orbera intragastric balloon. “I’ve been privileged to be part of the weight-loss surgery innovations of the past 20-plus years.”
These are not the surgeons you’ll see plastered on billboards or running commercials for surgery discounts. A majority of patients find the physicians through word-of-mouth referrals, former patient recommendations, and the advice of other physicians.
Why? Because Drs. Cribbins and Hamn are considered two of the best weight-loss surgeons. Quality care is critically important — both at the time of surgery and for years to come.
“We work closely and carefully with every patient, and treat each person like our only patient,” says Dr. Cribbins, who won a prestigious medical award for outstanding performance in surgical skill, empathy, and understanding toward patients and dedication to their care.
“I feel a strong connection with my patients and care deeply about offering them the best techniques, the latest products, and the safest equipment,” he adds. “Their healthy weight loss is my success.”
Both physicians have been on the leading edge of new procedures as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves them. For example, the physicians were among the first in North Texas to offer the Lap-Band procedure and will soon offer the new gastric balloon innovation to patients.
This expertise means they can look at each patient’s unique needs and recommend the specific bariatric surgery that is likely to result in long-term weight loss and better health.
Their interest in helping people isn’t just surgical. Drs. Cribbins and Hamn offer a medically supervised, nonsurgical weight management program for patients who would benefit more from that option. A dedicated staff member counsels people on weight loss if they want to try losing it on their own first.
Weight-loss surgery transforms lives, and choosing a surgeon based on experience, leadership, and patient care gets the best results for years to come.
Learn more about weight-loss services at Texas Health Center for Diagnostics & Surgery by visiting www.thcds-weightloss.com or calling 800-532-3939.