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 (e.g., anesthesia, infection, atelectasis, VTE) as well as related to the specific bariatric procedure (e.g., anastomotic leak, stricture, bleeding). Some of these complications can be life-threatening if not identified and treated immediately. Providing safe care for this population is the responsibility of all caregivers and providers involved in the postoperative care. Staff education regarding postoperative complications, signs and symptoms of a postoperative emergency with the corrective action course, and general postoperative care is a requirement for MBSAQIP accredited programs and highly recommended for all facilities providing care for postoperative bariatric patients. This section contains a content outline for suggested topics, a reference and resource list, and examples of staff education presentations.