Raul J. Rosenthal, MD, FACS, FASMBS
Clinical Editor, Bariatric Times, Professor of Surgery and Chairman, Department of General Surgery; Director, The Bariatric and Metabolic Institute; Director, General Surgery Residency Program and Fellowship in Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery, Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston, Florida
Samuel Szomstein, MD, FACS, FASMBS
Associate Director of the Bariatric Institute and Section of Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic in Weston, Florida, and Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery, Florida International University
E. Lo Menzo MD PhD FACS FASMBS
Staff Surgeon, The Bariatric and Metabolic Institute, Department of General Surgery, Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston, Florida.
This month: Reducing Readmission after Bariatric Surgery
by Raul J. Rosenthal, MD, FACS, FASMBS; Samuel Szomstein, MD, FACS, FASMBS; and Emanuele Lo Menzo, MD, PhD, FACS, FASMBS
Bariatric Times. 2015;12(2):23.
Welcome to “Checklists in Bariatric Surgery.” This column’s aim is to help bariatric surgeons quickly review the reasons for potential problems when caring for bariatric patients.
Readmissions after bariatric surgery, especially if within 30 days of discharge, have been correlated with increased costs to the patient (monetary and psychological), to healthcare, and are integral part of the surgeons’ quality metric and reimbursement schedule.
We review factors associated with readmission after bariatric surgery and strategies to decrease them.
We present this 29th installment of “Checklists” based on peer-reviewed publications, which might help our readers communicate better and treat patients expeditiously. We hope you clip and save this convenient checklist and find it useful as a reference tool in your everyday practice.
View the Checklist in the digital edition HERE.
1. Rosenthal RJ. Readmissions after bariatric surgery: does operative technique and procedure choice matter? Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2014;10(3):385–386.
2. Tayne S, Merrill CA, Shah SN, Kim J, Mackey WC. Risk factors for 30-day readmissions and modifying postoperative care after gastric bypass surgery. J Am Coll Surg. 2014 Sep;219(3):489–495.
3. Dorman RB, Miller CJ, Leslie DB, Serrot FJ, Slusarek B, Buchwald H, Connett JE, Ikramuddin S. Risk for hospital readmission following bariatric surgery. PLoS One. 2012;7(3):e32506. Epub 2012 Mar 7.
4. Rosenthal RJ, Szomstein S, Lo Menzo E. Checklists in bariatric surgery: #28: Enhanced recovery after bariatric surgery. Bariatric Times. 2015;12(1):15.
FUNDING: No funding was provided.
DISCLOSURES: Dr. Rosenthal receives educational grants from Covidien, Baxter, Karl Storz, W.L. Gore, and Ethicon Endo-Surgery. He is on the advisory board of MST. Drs. Szomstein and Lo Menzo report no conflicts of interest relevant to the content of this article.