Dr. Hajduczek recalls the fears patients experience associated with bariatric surgery and shares the unique significance about the Tri-City Regional Bariatric Program.
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Patients' Fears of Undergoing Bariatric Surgery Well, obviously it’s an operation, and even though it’s uncommonly done, it’s still a fairly major operation, especially gastric bypass and sleeve LAP-BAND, to a lesser extent, where some complications are possible. So, patients are worried, especially hearing some horror stories over the years from different locations. They are afraid of complications and then possibly even death, the rate of which, however, is about 0.03 percent, meaning about one in 300 or more patients across the country, which includes mortality within 30 days, which usually, if it happens, happens due to pulmonary embolism. Obviously in-hospital mortality is almost unheard of and we haven’t had any. Well, Tri-City became one of the first Bariatric Centers of Excellence several years ago, which basically means there is dedication on part of management, as well as nursing staff and all ancillary personnel to accommodate and give best service to bariatric patients.