Care of the Patient After Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

Annals in the Clinic

Weight loss surgery, also known as metabolic and bariatric surgery (MBS), is an effective weight loss treatment and is associated with reduced mortality and improvements in obesity-related health conditions and quality of life. Postsurgical anatomical and physiologic changes include decreased absorption of micronutrients and alterations in gut–brain hormonal regulation that affect many aspects of health. Patients require ongoing monitoring of their physical and mental health for lasting success. Internists, particularly primary care clinicians, are in an ideal position to monitor for nonserious complications in the short and long term, adjust management of chronic diseases accordingly, and monitor for mental health changes. This article reviews key issues that internists should be aware of for supporting patients' health in the short and long term after MBS.


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Annals in the Clinic

Annals In the Clinic is a monthly feature in Annals of Internal Medicine introduced in January 2007 that focuses on practical management of patients with common clinical conditions. It offers evidence-based answers to frequently asked questions about screening, prevention, diagnosis, therapy, and patient education and provides physicians with tools to improve the quality of care.