Program Models

Published June 2017

Program models such as community or private practice vs. hospital based programs are explored in this sub-bucket to help provide guidance to the needs and considerations.

a. Community/Private practice program  b. Hospital program  c. Other

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Support Group

Published June 2017

The ASMBS Support Group committee has developed a separate toolkit that provides a tremendous amount of valuable information regarding support group development and operations.

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Physical Activity

Published June 2017

Helping patients increase their physical activity and exercise behaviors before and after surgery can improve long term weight loss maintenance and have many other health benefits. Some patients have a long history of being active while others have led a sedentary lifestyle for many years. Providing recommendations and resources based on a patient’s individual needs and history is critical. No physical activity guidelines have yet been developed that are specific to bariatric surgery patients,…

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Nutrition & Supplements

Published June 2017

Nutrition and supplementation plays a critical role in the ongoing health of a patient undergoing bariatric surgery. Patient Education materials can be developed for each chapter of the bariatric surgery journey including pre-operative, post-operative, life-long and even in-between. Nutrition and supplementation documents will often be based upon the bariatric team’s recommendations. 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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Informed Consent

Published June 2017

Before undergoing a life-changing procedure, people pursing bariatric surgery should be fully informed of medical, psychological, and behavioral risks–in addition to the behavioral, nutritional, and social changes they are likely to experience post-operatively. Patient education materials can be developed to guide conversations between patients and providers about these risks and outcomes, as well as to document that these important conversations took place. Each program will have key points of informed consent they wish…

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Facility Stay

Published June 2017

Individuals pursuing bariatric surgery want to know what to expect upon during their stay at the hospital. This patient education document may include hospital policy, patient goals during the stay and possibly instructions for friends and family. In this section, you will find and outline of items to consider in the creation of your patient documents concerning the facility stay during the bariatric surgery process. The needs of each clinic will be different, and…

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Behavioral Health

Published June 2017

Behavioral health assessment and support are important components of the bariatric surgery treatment process. Some patients may not have previous experience with behavioral health providers or treatment, may wonder why a behavioral health provider is involved in their bariatric care, or have anxieties or concerns about working with a behavioral health provider. In this part of the Patient Education section, you will find resource lists and examples of educational information to help provide education…

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Band Adjustments

Published June 2017

The Adjustable Gastric Band is one of the many types of bariatric surgery.  Patients either considering the gastric band or who currently have a band in place will need to be informed about how the band works and is adjusted to achieve optimal feelings of comfort and restriction.  In this section, you will find an outline of items to consider for the creation of your adjustable gastric band patient material, as well as resources and…

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