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Published May 2020

Recorded May 26th, 2020

Moderator: Matt Hutter, MD MPH FASMBS, President

Presenters: Anthony Petrick, MD FASMBS, Ali Aminian, MD FASMBS, Christopher Daigle, MD FRCSC FACS FASMBS, and Vivek Prachand, MD

Panelists: Eric DeMaria, MD FASMBS, Shanu Kothari, MD FASMBS, Teresa LaMasters, MD FACS FASMBS, Nina Crowley, PhD RD LD

Panelists from ASMBS leadership and our expert presenters answered questions and hosted interactive audience polling about prioritizing cases when restarting bariatric surgery.

Polling Questions

Below are the results of our audience polling during the live webinar.

What is the current status of your bariatric program with respect to cases performed after initial cessation of non-urgent procedures?

  • Not approved to start by the state – 31%
  • Approved, but hesitant to start – 18%
  • 10 or fewer bariatric surgical cases – 32%
  • 10 to 20 bariatric surgical cases – 8%
  • More than 20 bariatric surgical cases – 10%

Where do you feel your biggest pressure to start bariatric cases comes from?

  • Your patients – 38%
  • Your colleagues – 9%
  • Hospital administration – 15%
  • Political forces – 12%
  • Yourself – 26%

Please choose one for prioritizing patients for elective bariatric surgery

  • Low-risk patients should be given priority – 28%
  • High-risk (sicker) patients should be given priority – 6%
  • Multiple factors need to be taken into consideration in prioritizing – 66%

Which of the following best describes what you are doing regarding pre op testing?

  • Test every patient and only operate on negative patients – 85%
  • Screen symptoms, operate on screen negative only, no test – 15%
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