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Assessing Options for Postoperative Pain Management in Bariatric Surgery: Where We’ve Been….Where We’re Going.

Author(s)/Faculty: Philip R. Schauer, MD; Stephanie B. Jones, MD ; Alfonso Torquati, MD, MSCI, FACS
Release Date: 12/15/2014Expiration Date: 12/14/2015
Credit Type: CMENumber of Credits: 0
Content Type: MultimediaProvider:
Obesity has increased dramatically in the past 20 years and is considered a health care epidemic in the United States. One-third of US adults are considered obese, having a body mass index of 30 kg/m2 or more, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Bariatric surgery has been demonstrated to be the most effective, long-term treatment for individuals with severe obesity or moderate obesity with comorbid conditions unresponsive to nonsurgical methods. However, patient outcomes can be complicated by poorly managed postoperative pain. The potential benefits of optimal pain control include improved cardiac, respiratory, and gastrointestinal functions; fewer thromboembolic complications; fewer septic complications; reduced chronic, postsurgical pain; reduced mortality in high-risk patients; and reduced health care costs. In this activity, learners will review the importance of pain management on optimizing patient outcomes post-bariatric surgery, particularly when a multimodal approach is implemented.