Physical Activity

Published June 2017

To date, physical activity and exercise guidelines have not been developed specifically for patients who have had bariatric surgery. A variety of published studies have investigated physical activity and exercise patterns in patients post-operatively and have stressed the importance of beginning physical activity counseling prior to surgery.

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Pharmacy

Published June 2017

The Pharmacy section contains information that healthcare staff involved in the care of the bariatric surgery patient should know regarding perioperative management of medications.

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Nutrition

Published June 2017

Nutrition and supplementation plays a critical role in the ongoing health of a patient undergoing bariatric surgery. In this section, you will find an outline of items to consider in the creation of your patient documents concerning nutrition and supplementation.

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Mobilizing the Patient

Published June 2017

Handling and mobility tasks associated with bariatric populations are complex and needs a multifaceted, interdisciplinary, comprehensive approach. This section regarding patient mobility contains a content outline, reference list, resource list and example staff education presentations.

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Complication Recognition

Published June 2017

Obesity can adversely affect all body systems creating a potentially higher risk for complications after surgery both related to the general surgical experience itself and/or related to the specific bariatric procedure. This section contains a content outline for suggested topics, a reference and resource list, and examples of staff education presentations.

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Behavioral Health

Published June 2017

In this section, you will find resources to assist in educating your program staff on topics related to behavioral health.

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Adolescents

Published June 2017

This section contains information and resources for healthcare staff involved in the care of the adolescent bariatric surgery patient.

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Sample Job Descriptions

Published June 2017

This resource provides templates for job descriptions for potential healthcare providers within a metabolic and bariatric surgery program. 

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