Patient Experience and Perioperative Pathway in Bariatric Surgery

  • Nabeel R. ObeidEmail author
  • Ryan Howard
  • Dana A. Telem


Although bariatric surgery results in significant and durable health improvements, access to care for patients with morbidly obese remains rather limited. Most bariatric surgery programs include the same core tenets of preoperative assessment: medical, dietary, and psychological evaluations. Despite this, there remains variability in some aspects of medical workup (such as preoperative reflux testing and low calorie diets) in addition to differences in self-perceived patient experience. Debate exists, too, regarding elements of intraoperative patient management, such as staple line reinforcement. In the postoperative period, evidence-based recovery pathways result in superior patient outcomes. Hospital adherence to these recommendations regarding standardized management of pain, nausea, diet, and venous thromboembolism prevention is essential.


Bariatric Patient Access Experience Pathways Protocols Quality Outcomes Preoperative Postoperative 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SurgeryUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  2. 2.Clinical Affairs, Comprehensive Hernia Program, Department of SurgeryUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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