The Importance of a Multidisciplinary Team Approach



Severe obesity is a chronic disease. Bariatric and metabolic surgery is extremely effective in allowing remission of life-threatening medical comorbidities (diseases in their own right) including improving quality of life. Preoperative evaluation, education, and long-term follow-up are imperative for optimal success in controlling these life-threatening diseases. A multidisciplinary team approach, with specialized education and training, plays a valuable role in the patient’s short- and long-term success of improved health.

This chapter will outline the need of the multidisciplinary team approach in bariatric and metabolic surgery. Included is the importance of each individual’s role, necessary training, education, and long-term follow-up.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Wittgrove Bariatric Center, La JollaLa JollaUSA

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