Bariatric nurse Judy Tanielian explains why a patient should have their bariatric procedure at a hospital rather than a surgicenter.
Nurse Judy Tanielian:
Bariatric weight loss patients should consider having their procedure done at a hospital as opposed to an outpatient center because of the many disciplines that are available in the hospital to care for them should they need those disciplines. A hospital has the availability of radiology, pulmonary medicine, cardiologists and physical therapy to help them. A stay of one or two nights in the hospital following bariatric surgery allows the dietitian to come in and reinforce what the patient has already been told regarding their diet.
It gives the nurses an opportunity to work with the patients and help them learn how to eat smaller. It’s not intuitive for a patient who has had bariatric surgery to take smaller bites and smaller sips of liquids but it’s imperative that they do that or they will over fill that new pouch they have. So staying in the hospital for a day or two post-surgery has so many benefits.
About Judy Tanielian, R.N., B.S.N., C.B.N.:
Judy Tanielian, R.N., B.S.N., C.B.N. has nearly forty years of nursing experience and six years of experience as a Clinical Director managing Bariatric Surgery programs. She graduated with honors from Portland Community College’s Associate Degree Registered Nursing program in 1973. She served as a nurse at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in The Oregon Burn Center for twenty two years, filling a variety of roles from bedside care to management. While at Legacy, Judy was awarded her Bachelor’s Degree with honors, through Excelsior College. During that time period, she was also inducted into the Nursing Honor Society, Sigma Theta Tau.