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CEL Online - Perioperative Care of the Bariatric Surgery Patient

Intro to the Guidelines and Pertinent Literature

Highland Hospital
Department of General and Bariatric Surgery

Date of Release

August 13, 2015

Period of Validity

August 13, 2015 - August 13, 2016

Educational Need

As a result of the increased rates of obesity and the increased need for bariatric surgery, primary care providers (PCPs) as well as other specialty providers are likely to encounter patients who have undergone bariatric surgery. Additionally PCP's are often the first medical professionals that patients seek out for questions and concerns about their surgery. Literature suggests that providers lack confidence in their knowledge of perioperative care of bariatric surgery patients.

Providers are often unfamiliar with the following:

  • Types of bariatric procedures
  • Unique complications that patients may experience
  • Pre-op evaluation, requirements
  • Post-op care
  • Drug contraindications after bariatric surgery
  • Common nutritional deficiencies

Patients are encouraged to have yearly follow up visits with their surgery center. However, many patients are lost to follow up. These patients are at particular risk for nutritional deficiencies and less than efficient evaluation and management of patient GI complaints such as abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea.

This program is designed to educate providers with the various bariatric surgery procedures and to also assist providers with identifying and managing complications related to bariatric surgery.

Learning Objectives

After viewing this module participants should be able to:
Identify and discuss pre-operative requirements for bariatric surgery
Identify and discuss common complications following bariatric surgery
Identify and discuss post-operative care needs of bariatric surgery patients

Bibliographic Sources to Allow for Further Study

American Medical Association (2013). AMA Adopts New Policies on Second Day of Voting at Annual Meeting. Retrieved from:

Birkmeyer, J. D., Finks, J. F., O'Reilly, A., Oerline, M., Carlin, A. M., Nunn, A. R., Dimick, J., Banerjee, M., Birkmeyer, N. J. & Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative (2013). Surgical skill and complication rates after bariatric surgery. New England Journal of Medicine. 369(15):1434-42. doi: 10.1056/NEJMsa1300625.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (2006). Decision Memo for Bariatric Surgery for the Treatment of Morbid Obesity (CAG-00250R). Retrieved from:

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (2012). Decision Memo for Bariatric Surgery for the Treatment of Morbid Obesity (CAG-00250R2). Retrieved from:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2014). Overweight and Obesity. Retrieved from:

Chang, S., Stoll, C. R. T., Song, J., Varela, J. E. , Eagon, C. J., Colditz, G. A. (2014). The Effectiveness and Risks of Bariatric Surgery:  An Updated Systematic Review and Meta-analysis, 2003-2012. JAMA Surgery. 149(3):275-287. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2013.3654

Deveney, C. W., MacCabee, D., Marlink, K., Welker, K., Davis, J., & McConnell, D. B. (2004). Scientific paper: Roux-en-Y divided gastric bypass results in the same weight loss as duodenal switch for morbid obesity. The American Journal Of Surgery, 187(Papers of the North Pacific Surgical Association), 655-659. doi:10.1016/j.amjsurg.2004.01.001

Dixon, J. B. (2008). Adjustable Gastric Banding and Conventional Therapy for Type 2 Diabetes. Journal of the American Medical Association. 299(3):316-323.
Finklestein, E. A. Trogdon, J. G., Cohen, J. W., et al (2009). Annual medical spending attributable to obesity: payer and service specific estimates. Health Affairs. 28, 822-831.

Foster-Schubert, C. E. (2011). Hypoglycemia complicating bariatric surgery: incidence and Mechanisms. Current Opinion in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Obesity. 18(2): 129–133. doi:10.1097/MED. 0b013e32834449b9.

Griffith, P. S., Birch, Daniel W,M.Sc, M.D., Sharma, Arya M,M.D., PhD., & Karmali, S., M.D. (2012). Managing complications associated with laparoscopic roux-en-Y gastric bypass for morbid obesity. Canadian Journal of Surgery, 55(5), 329-36. Retrieved from

Hamdan K, Somers S, Chand M. Management of late postoperative complications of bariatric surgery. British Journal Of Surgery [serial online]. October 2011;98(10):1345-1355. Available from: Academic Search Complete, Ipswich, MA. Accessed January 12, 2015.

Jia H and Lubetkin EI. (2010) Trends in quality-adjusted life-years lost contributed by smoking and obesity. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2010;38(2):138-144.

Kaplan, L. M. (2005). Gastrointestinal management of the bariatric surgery patient. Gastroenterology Clinics of North America. 34(1):105-25.

Mechanick, J. I., Youdim, A., Jones, D. B., Timothy Garvey, W., Hurley, D. L., Molly McMahon, M., & ... Brethauer, S. (2013). AACE/TOS/ASMBS Guidelines: Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Perioperative

Nutritional, Metabolic, and Nonsurgical Support of the Bariatric Surgery Patient—2013 Update: Cosponsored by American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, The Obesity Society, and American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery. Surgery For Obesity And Related Diseases, 9159-191. doi:10.1016/j.soard.2012.12.010

Moon, R. C., Teixeira, A. F., Goldbach, M., Jawad, M. A. (2014). Management and treatment outcomes of marginal ulcers after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass at a single high volume bariatric center. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases. 10(2):229-34. doi: 10.1016/j.soard.2013.10.002.

Office of the State Comptroller (2012). Report: Soaring Health Care Costs Highlight Need To Address Childhood Obesity One in Three New York Children Are Overweight or Obese. Oct 12, 2012. Retrieved from:

Puzziferri, N., Roshek, T. B., Mayo, H. G., Gallagher, R., Belle, S. H., & Livingston, E. H. (2014). Long-term follow-up after bariatric surgery:  A systematic review. JAMA. 312(9):934-942. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.10706.
Ryan, D.H., Johnson, W.D., Myers, V.H., et al. Nonsurgical weight loss for extreme obesity in primary care settings: results of the Louisiana Obese Subjects Study. Archives of Internal Medicine 170(146–154)

Tack, J., Arts ,J., Caenepeel, P., DeWulf, D., Bisschops, R. (2009). Pathophysiology, diagnosis and management of postoperative dumping syndrome. Nat Rev Gastroenterol Hepatol. (10):583e90.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (2014) . Medical devices. Gastric banding. Retrieved from:

U.S. National Library of Medicine. (2012). Roux-en-Y stomach surgery for weight loss Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass. Retrieved from:

Vage V, Nilsen R, Mellgren G, et al. Predictors for remission of major components of the metabolic syndrome after biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch (BPDDS). Obesity Surgery [serial online]. January 2013;23(1):80-86. Available from: MEDLINE, Ipswich, MA. Accessed December 30, 2014.

Weight Control Information Network (2014). Do You Know Some of the Health Risks of Being Overweight?. Retrieved from:

Helpful Links

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)

Obesity Action Coalition

Bariatric Surgery Center at Highland Hospital – Physicians Resource

Bariatric Surgery Center at Highland Hospital

Summary of Clinical Practice Guidelines



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