Bariatric nurse Judy Tanielian describes how patients are educated about the weigh-reduction surgeries provided and what they can expect at the Tri-City Regional Bariatric Program.
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One of my favorite parts of the bariatric program is being able to participate in patient education. This is the ground work for successful outcomes following bariatric surgery. We offer education to the patient from the moment they walk through our doors. A very important part of our educational program is an introduction to bariatric surgery. What surgeries are available? What the surgery provides for the patient? What lifestyle changes that will bring and then the surgeon and the patient can sit down and discuss which surgery is right for the patient. Following this, if the patient is a candidate for surgery, they receive education from a cardiologist, a pulmonologist, our dietician and I go in and talk to the patient’s priority surgery to let them know exactly what to expect when they enter the hospital, what to expect in the days following surgery. I talk to them about psychological issues such as replacing eating as a coping mechanism with other healthier coping mechanisms and they also have education from our behavior health specialist who clears them psychologically for the surgery and discusses other psychological issues with them.

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