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A clinical pathway is a tool used to define, standardize, and sequence the interventions required by each member of the multidisciplinary bariatric surgery team to reduce risk, optimize outcomes, and ensure quality care. In this section, you will find examples of bariatric surgery pathway formats for gastric sleeve, gastric band, and gastric bypass surgeries, spanning the time frame from initial contact, through pre-op, staging, intra- op and post-op, to follow up care. These pathways include assessment, diagnostics, consults, medications, potential complications, wound care, activity, education, discharge, expected outcomes, and more.