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Medical Complications of Bariatric Surgery 

Medical Complications of Bariatric Surgery
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Medical Complications of Bariatric Surgery
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Derrick Cetin

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190608347.003.0010
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date: 24 October 2021

The medical complications after bariatric surgery vary based on the procedure performed. Medical complications should be considered at specific phases after surgery. The various stages are: phase one (1 to 6 weeks), phase two (7 to 12 weeks), and phase three (13 weeks to 12 months). The various complications at each phase are discussed in this chapter, along with strategies to prevent postoperative complications. Finally, this chapter emphasizes the importance of the multidisciplinary postoperative evaluation of all bariatric surgery patients. The evaluation includes monitoring for health conditions as the patient loses weight, including hypertension, diabetes, sleep apnea, and hyperlipidemia. Monitoring the trajectory of weight loss, screening for micronutrient deficiencies, monitoring proper macronutrient intake, and assessment for development of late surgical complications are included in the multidisciplinary postoperative evaluation at all phases of follow-up.

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