Preoperative Services at Banner Bariatric Center Video

Dr. Johnell describes the preoperative services provided to bariatric patients at the Banner Bariatric Center. Dr. Johnell is an advanced laparoscopic bariatric surgeon at the Banner North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colorado.
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Preoperative Services at Banner Bariatric Center At the patients initial consultation, I usually decide along with the patient of what kind of tests and procedures we need to do to be able to give them an operation that’s as safe as possible. That usually includes a pre-operative blood test, lab test and also includes a sleep test to allow sleep apnea. Depending upon their cardiac history, we may get a cardiac clearance that could be done either by their doctor or by our cardiologist. Additionally, we ask the patient to meet our registered dietician for a pre-operative nutrition evaluation and we also ask them to meet with our psychologist for a behaviorally evaluation so that we can assure that they have as good and as high quality outcome as possible. Additionally, we do require patients to attend a full day pre-op class that includes a lot of information about their operation and about what the patients are going to be experiencing pre-operatively and in the hospital and then post operatively. We give patients a large volume of text in the form of a loose leaf that essentially becomes their bible for their bariatric surgical experience. And everything that we teach them pre-operatively and all the experiences that they have post-operatively are going to be included in this book that we give them after their initial consultation.

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