Gut Instincts: A Clinician's Handbook of Digestive and Liver Diseases

Eric Esrailian, MD, MPH

Chapter 15: Bariatric Surgery Patients (continued)

Erik P. Dutson, MD, FACS; David Da Zheng, BS

Postoperative bariatric patients represent a unique challenge for evaluation and care, due to their anatomic alterations, physiological state, and tendency to decompensate rapidly in the early postoperative period. With morbid obesity affecting a startling and growing percent of the US population and bariatric surgeries numbering more than 200,000/year, familiarity with this patient population is essential for the safe practice of gastroenterology. The 2 most common procedures performed in the United States are laparoscopic adjustable gastric band (LAGB) and Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB)…