TITLE

Complications of Bariatric Surgery: Implications for the Covering Physician

AUTHOR(S)
TANNER, BENJAMIN D.; ALLEN, JEFFREY W.
PUB. DATE
February 2009
SOURCE
American Surgeon;Feb2009, Vol. 75 Issue 2, p103
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Bariatric surgery is the only effective option for sustained weight loss for morbidly obese patients. The increasing prevalence of obesity in America and the application of a laparoscopic approach to bariatric surgery have combined to dramatically increase the number of patients undergoing these types of operations. The number of bariatric surgeons and centers devoted to surgery of the morbidly obese is also rising. These facts lead to the assumption that there will be more patients with complications specific to bariatric surgery that must be cared for by general surgeons in the immediate future. Covering surgeons and those without expertise in bariatric surgery need to know how to diagnose and manage these potential complications in emergent and outpatient settings. This paper reviews some of the more common bariatric operations, complications, and conservative treatment options.
ACCESSION #
36837098

 

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