Managing Patients After Bariatric Surgery
Review common nutritional and medical considerations, and potential long-term complications, for patients who have undergone bariatric surgery.
Many chronic medical conditions improve after bariatric surgery, often requiring changes in the medications prescribed for those conditions. Physicians should also consider the medication form (size, dissolution, and absorption) in light of the type of surgery performed.
Patients experience hunger and/or satiety differently after bariatric surgery than they did before surgery. Mindfulness in planning, preparing, and eating meals is essential for long-term success, but some nutritional issues are common.
Early complications are managed by the bariatric surgery team, but primary care physicians should remain aware of potential complications in the months and years following surgery.
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