Dr. Johnell describes bariatric surgery postoperative visits. Dr. Johnell is an advanced laparoscopic bariatric surgeon at the Banner North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colorado.
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Bariatric Surgery Post Operative Visits Post operative visits and follow up with the bariatric surgery office is essential in providing an optimal outcome and success in our bariatric surgical patients. Patients need to continue being connected with the bariatric program post operatively that may include post-op after care classes, support groups, post-op visits for their adjustments and even nutritional consultations with the dietician and possibly even with the psychologist after surgery. What we do in North Colorado Medical Center is provide a full service capability for our patients after surgery. It’s not just the adjustments in the office, however the adjustments are very important and providing the patient the tools that they need for optimal weight loss. In terms of the adjustments in the first year after bariatric surgery banding procedure, patient can expect to come to the office about 68 times for adjustments in their first year. The adjustments are done in the office or without any special equipment and without the use of any radiologic equipment. They are done by placing a patient on the examining table and then just palpating the port and then using sterile technique by cleansing the skin with alcohol. We use a special needle to access the port. It usually as a painless procedure and the most that the patient ever experience is a little prick at the skin site. The adjustment takes just a few seconds to do. We want to make sure the patient is able to drink fluids and water afterwards and over the subsequent two days or so the patient’s diet will advance until by the second day after the adjustment, they are back to eating solid foods.
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