Bariatric Surgery Update - PT267

Bariatric Surgery Update

by Susanne J. Pavlovich-Danis, MSN, RN, ARNP-C, CDE, CRRN and Michael G Danis, BSN, RN, CCRN
(4.4 / 744 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (1.00 Hour(s))

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Nearly 70% of adults in the United States are overweight. Of those, more than one-third are obese. Shockingly, 20.6% of adolescents ages 12 to 19 are obese, 17.4% of children ages 6 to 11 are obese, and 9.4% of children ages 2 to 5 are obese. In 2014, Americans spent an average of $1,901 per obese individual to directly treat obesity and obesity-related diseases/conditions such as knee replacements from wear, medications for type 2 diabetes, and other complications seen less frequently in nonobese patients. Weight loss surgery (WLS) is no longer considered experimental or cosmetic; the National Institutes of Health suggests consideration of surgical weight-loss procedures for clinically severe obese people (BMI > 40 kg/m2) and those with a BMI greater than 35 kg/m2 who have certain medical conditions. This course will provide an overview of the bariatric surgical options and of the care of patients who have undergone bariatric surgery.


The goal of this continuing education program is to provide nurses, occupational therapists, and physical therapists with an overview of the care of patients who have undergone bariatric surgery. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Differentiate between surgical options available for severely obese individuals.
  • Identify psychosocial and quality-of-life issues affecting patients before and after bariatric surgery.
  • List metabolic and physiological considerations nurses must be aware of when caring for patients after bariatric surgery.

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, physical therapists, and occupational therapists.
Physical therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
Relias LLC (formerly OnCourse Learning) is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of CE for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants from 6/11/2019 to 6/10/2022.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider 2202008TX for 02/01/2019 to 02/28/2022 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California for 4/5/10 to 12/31/18. Relias LLC is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California as of 1/1/2019.
Relias LLC (formerly OnCourse Learning) is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000290) with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from October 2018 through September 30, 2020.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by:
The Ohio PT Association (approval no. 20S0084 for 1/1/20 to 1/1/21).
The FL PT Association (approval no. CE19-518151 for 01/01/19 to 12/31/19). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the FL PT Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
The NJ Board of PT Examiners (approval no. 1801-195 for 2/1/18 to 1/31/20).
This course has been approved by the NV State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for11/29/17 to 7/31/19.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.

Course Originally Released on: 9/10/2001
Date of Most Recent Review: 10/4/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 10/4/2022


Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


For Florida professionals:

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ROSELLE A - Eastvale, CA  ·  May 21, 2020
It will be better with AV aids.
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Danielle M - Northridge, CA  ·  May 12, 2020
The different types of procedures are explained into an easy to understand manner.
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Ray N - brooklyn, NY  ·  Mar 30, 2020
The material was informative and information i can use in my healthcare setting.
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Drake Y - Garden Grove, CA  ·  Mar 26, 2020
Very in-depth material on the different surgical techniques for Bariatric surgery.
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Mark S - Gibsonia, PA  ·  Mar 16, 2020
Very informative. Good to get up to date information on this topic.
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Price: $19.00
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