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Choosing Your Surgeon
Bariatric surgery, although not a formally designated surgical
sub-specialty, is still a highly specialized field of surgery, which requires not only
exceptional surgical skills, but dedication to long-term follow-up care, to help the
afflicted person to achieve profound weight loss, and permanent control. Most surgeons
avoid operating on the very-obese, believing that the risks are too great, and dreading
the difficulty of performing operations in the obese abdomen. Some choose to
"dabble" with an occasional procedure, which means they usually discover all the
problems, and never get to learn the solutions - they can easily get pessimistic and
negative about obese patients.
Like flying on an airliner, when you have surgery, you should seek an
experienced and skilled surgeon, with a proven safety record, who performs this surgery
frequently. You will also need frequent and long-term follow-up, as a part of the
This sites primary contributor:
Dr. Clark is an internationally recognized leader in the
field of bariatric surgery. He pioneered the technique of Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass, and has performed careful follow-up research on the procedure and its results, which has
been published in several medical journal articles. He has co-authored and
published several research papers regarding the operation. He has demonstrated the Laparoscopic Gastric
Bypass to surgeons from throughout the world, performed telesurgery at the
Congress of the American College of Surgeons, and has taught the procedure
to hundreds of other surgeons.
G. Wesley Clark, M.D.
Dr. Clark is a native of New York State, is a graduate of the University
of Notre Dame, and the State University of New York, Upstate Medical Center, in Syracuse,
where he received the degree of Doctor of Medicine. He interned at Albany Medical Center
Hospital, and received his surgical training at Albany Medical Center, and at the Great
Lakes Naval Hospital, after joining the U.S. Navy as a General Medical Officer. He served
on the surgical teaching staff of Naval Hospital Long Beach, and Naval Hospital San Diego,
and as an instructor in the surgical training programs at Long Beach Memorial Hospital,
and at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara. He is a member of the American Society for
Bariatric Surgery, the San Diego Society of General Surgeons, the San Diego County Medical
Society, and the California Medical Association.
Dr. Clark was among the first surgeons in the United States
to perform laparoscopic surgery, and has received training in advanced
laparoscopic techniques, at several centers. He was a developer of the technique
for Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass. He
has now educated hundreds of surgeons throughout the world in the method for
performing the operation.
He now specializes only in bariatric surgery, and has
performed over 1000 Laparoscopic Gastric Bypasses, and over 2000 total
Dr. Clark has seven children and five
grandchildren. He favors airplanes, fast
cars, motorcycles (Indian and Harley), cowboy boots, and is a computer enthusiast.
He is also an avid photographer.
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