Acute complications after laparoscopic bariatric procedures: update for the general surgeon
Practitioners taking care of postoperative bariatric patients need to keep in mind all of the complications that this population faces to prevent unnecessary morbidity. Bariatric patients presenting postoperatively with abdominal pain, tachycardia, vomiting, tachypnea, and a sense of impending doom should be worked up aggressively to find the cause of their symptoms. Because the incidence of obesity is rising in children and adults, more patients will have surgery to help with their weight loss. Physicians caring for these patients must be able to diagnosis and treat their complications quickly and efficiently to prevent further complications.