Concerns & Questions I’m coming from out-of-town.  Who will take care of me when I get home? This is a difficult question.  We ask our out-of-town patients to stay in the area for a week to try to assure that there have been no surgical complications that might crop up when they return home.  But that doesn’t guarantee that there won’t be a problem later that requires urgent medical attention.  Dr. Pleatman is always available to answer questions by phone or email, but there will be rare occasions when urgent care by a bariatric surgeon is required.  We strongly suggest that patients contemplating travelling to have bariatric surgery identify a local surgeon to will be willing to take care of them should the need arise.  One way of finding such a surgeon is to look on the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery’s Find a Member” web page.  Members list whether or not they are willing to follow other surgeons’ patients.  Please be warned that some surgeons list themselves as such, but then will refuse to see patients if they find out that they have left the area to have surgery.  Evidently these surgeons are put off by the fact that these patients have not come to them for the surgery; they don’t understand that you have left the area for your surgery because they can’t afford the prices charged locally. Fortunately there is no “hands-on” routine care required for patients who have undergone gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy.  Everything can be done by phone or email.  I can provide your local physician with any information they may require, including, in most cases, a video of your operation. There is no question that the ideal situation is to have your surgery done under circumstances where it is convenient to return to your surgeon for follow-up care.  If this isn’t feasible, we will do our best to assure that you have proper continuity of care. Mark A. Pleatman MD Bariatric Surgery Weight Loss Surgery Laparoscopy Bariatric Surgery Weight Loss Surgery Laparoscopy Pleatman Surgical Bariatric Surgery Mark A. Pleatman M.D. weight loss surgery weight loss surgery Bloomfield Hills Michigan 248 334-5444 Mark A. Pleatman, M.D. 43494 Woodward Ave. #202, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302 Office Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Phone: 248-334-5444, Fax: 248-334-5484 email:  info@drpleatman.com