HELP!! Post Op Bariatric Nursing

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    Hi ....I am almost embarassed....I have been an RN for 25 years, but I do not know about what to look for in a fresh post-op bariatric patient.
    What type of complications should I be alert to?
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    Is it the open belly procedure or done via laparoscopy? There will be some differences in what to look for as well as expect. With any surgery of this type, you are going to need to watch the electrolytes quite carefully, as by removing or resectioning a part of the bowel, you are going to be changing the absorption to food, and can easily lower the sodium and potassium. Also look for signs of bleeding, especially with the laparoscopy cases.
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    As Suzanne stated, it depends on the surgery. There are two types of bariatric surgery now being done: the rerouting (Roux N Y) either open or laparascopic and the restrictive (Lap Band). With the Roux N Y, you are essentially being malnourished intentionally. Electrolyte monitoring is vitally important but so is watching for dehydration. There should be extensive preop teaching done with these patients. All patients should be out of bed the day of surgery or the morning after (if done late in the day). Most patients go home within 24 hours. Ambulating, cough, turn, deep breathing are all very important.

    I have been doing extensive clinical hours with a surgical APN and she has taught me a lot - its an exciting field.
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    Dear Suzanne...thank you so much for your guidance. I retreived as much info as I could on the surgical procedure etc. I am with a friend who had the Roux-en Y surgery (Oct. 3) and am now at home with her. Thanks for the heads up on the K+. The surgeon told me that "...we don't do post-op chemistries or worry about Hct/Hcg...." I really appreciate your input. Scampi710
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    Is it the open belly procedure or done via laparoscopy? There will be some differences in what to look for as well as expect. With any surgery of this type, you are going to need to watch the electrolytes quite carefully, as by removing or resectioning a part of the bowel, you are going to be changing the absorption to food, and can easily lower the sodium and potassium. Also look for signs of bleeding, especially with the laparoscopy cases.
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    :blushkiss Dear Trauma RUs....thank you for your input. I too have been in ED since 1979, so I do not consider myself a specialist in Post Op surgery. My friend had the Roux-en Y, and is now at home I am taking care of her here. I saw the procedure on the internet, gathered info/data, but then the surgeon told me that ."....we don't do Chemistries or Hct/Hcg on our post-ops. Thank you for guiding me in the right direction. Scampi710


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    As Suzanne stated, it depends on the surgery. There are two types of bariatric surgery now being done: the rerouting (Roux N Y) either open or laparascopic and the restrictive (Lap Band). With the Roux N Y, you are essentially being malnourished intentionally. Electrolyte monitoring is vitally important but so is watching for dehydration. There should be extensive preop teaching done with these patients. All patients should be out of bed the day of surgery or the morning after (if done late in the day). Most patients go home within 24 hours. Ambulating, cough, turn, deep breathing are all very important.

    I have been doing extensive clinical hours with a surgical APN and she has taught me a lot - its an exciting field.
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    Dear Suzanne4 and TraumaRUs......thank you for your guidance....I am definitely feeling more confident now that I have your input. I thought I was on the right track, and you have confirmed it for me with your expertise. Scampi710
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    I am wanting to find you some information.I am in my last year of BSN in Australia.As a project i want to do a professional poster teaching nurses how to taske care of postop gastric bypass patients and what to watch for.electrolyte imbalances, pain management as i have heard there are meds like ibuprofen you cant take as more risk for stomach ulcers. can anyone let me know of any good web sites that could assist me with info as we are about 10 years behind the US and most people have lap bands here.
    excited about what i can learn and teach others.
    thanks for any imput
    Kellieskorner@aol.com
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    Other things to look for on bariatric patients.

    1) Pain management. Lortab 10-15ml liquid.
    2) ambulate as soon as they are able to, I'd say within 2 hrs after they arrive to surgical floor. Gas pain will be worst of all.
    3) depending on MDs, some let them have clear liquid diet on the day of surgery. Make sure no straw. Give them medication cup to drink liquid.
    4) n/v
    5) 5 lap sites. Some may bleed, use 2X2
    6) vital signs, make sure they are on continue pulse ox on the first day of surg.


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