Dr. Owens said of the doctor-patient relationship that, “Health care has moved in the direction of computer codes and micro-specialization, all in the hopes of cost cutting and increasing patient volume. I simply do not believe that this helps the patient at any level. I believe that treating the patient at a very personal level is necessary for success, especially in the field of weight loss surgery.”
A few of the first questions that Dr. Owens poses to new patients is why they have decided to consider surgery for weight loss and what they hope to achieve from the surgery. Dr. Owens understands that his patients often suffer from hopelessness and sorrow. This is usually mirrored in the medications the patients take for anxiety and depression. He takes the whole of the patient, whether physical, mental, or social into account when working with a patient towards a healthier life through bariatric surgery.
While bariatric surgery offers patients numerous benefits, Dr. Owens says that, “It is the job of the physician to develop a sense of the depth and severity of each patient’s specific case by case issues so that I may take the correct actions. Simply performing a gastric bypass surgery might create a short term positive weight loss, but it is equally important for patients to have appropriate interactions with their physician pre-operative and post-operative.”
New patients to Dr. Owens and the Coastal Center for Obesity can expect to work closely with Dr. Owens to achieve their weight loss goals. Prospective patients that are looking for a comprehensive approach to weight loss surgery are encouraged to call the Coastal Center for Obesity at 1-800-475-3383 or visit http://www.coastalobesity.com. Alternatively, patients may visit http://www.drmiltowens.com to learn more about Dr. Owens and his medical philosophy. In addition, Dr. Owens writes a blog at http://blog.drmiltowens.com.