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Rushed Discharge After Weight-Loss Surgery May Raise Risks
Date:6/15/2011

or most people and results in a safety profile that rivals gallbladder or hip replacement surgery. To reduce it further may put patients at an increased chance of unnecessary risk," said Morton, who is chair of the ASMBS Access to Care Committee. "A patient should be discharged based on his or her individual risk profile. We counsel our patients to avoid drive-thru fast food, and also advise against drive-thru gastric bypass."

"Bariatric surgery is safer than ever, but discharging patients too soon after surgery may be pushing the envelope too far and may have serious consequences," he added.

More information

The U.S. National Library of Medicine has more about gastric bypass surgery.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery, news release, June 15, 2011


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