Clinical Management After Bariatric Surgery: Value of a Multidisciplinary Approach

McMahon, M. Molly; Sarr, Michael G.; Clark, Matfhew M.; Gall, Margaret M.; James Knoetgen III; Service, F. John; Laskowski, Edward R.; Hurley, Daniel L.
October 2006
Mayo Clinic Proceedings;Oct2006 Supplement, Vol. 81 Issue 10, pS34
Academic Journal
Comprehensive and collaborative longitudinal care is essential for optimal outcomes after bariatric surgery. This approach is important to manage the many potential surgical and medical comorbidities in patients who undergo bariatric surgery. Medical management programs require prompt and often frequent adjustment as the nutritional program changes and as weight loss occurs. Familiarity with the recommended nutritional program, monitoring and treatment of potential vitamin and mineral deficiencies, effects of weight loss on medical comorbid conditions, and common postoperative surgical issues should allow clinicians to provide excellent care. Patients must understand the importance of regularly scheduled medical follow-up to minimize potentially serious medical and surgical complications. Because the long-term success of bariatric surgery relies on patients' ability to make sustained lifestyle changes in nutrition and physical activity, we highlight the role of these 2 modalities in their overall care. Our guidelines are based on clinical studies, when available, combined with our extensive clinical experience. We present our multidisciplinary approach to postoperative care that is provided after bariatric surgery and that builds on our pre-surgical evaluation.


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