Bariatric Surgery: A Unique Surgery With Unique Liabilities


Bariatric Surgery: A Unique Surgery With Unique Liabilities

The rates of morbid obesity have reached epidemic proportions in many countries around the world. In the United States, for example, more than one-third of adults have a Body Mass Index of more than 35. As a result of the increase in morbid obesity, the number of bariatric surgical procedures performed worldwide has increase as well. For many patients, these procedures result in sustainable, long-term weight loss and a reduction/remission of many obesity-related comorbid conditions. These procedures, however, can result in a unique set of complications in this patient population. Many of these complications are difficult to diagnose and treat. Failure to act promptly with definitive treatment may result in significant morbidity or mortality for the bariatric surgical patient. This discussion is intended to educate the listener on the preoperative preparation of the bariatric surgical patient, review the common surgical procedures performed today, outline the significant complications that may result from bariatric surgery, and review the potential liability resulting from misdiagnosis or delayed intervention.

After attending this webinar you will be able to:

Understand the preoperative preparation for bariatric surgery.
The common bariatric surgical procedures, complications related to bariatric surgery.
The liability of misdiagnosis or treatment of these complications.

1.0 CEU Credit Hours