Integrated Health Extremes in Weight Loss Surgery

Mon 1:30 PM -- 5:30 PM

Location: Room 31C

Track: CE

Course Director:
Brett Gordon, MS, PA-C

*Up to 4 CE credits are available.*

Course Overview and Target Audience:
As the field of bariatrics continues to grow in popularity and standards of care continue to be defined by ever-changing evidence based medicine, it becomes increasingly important to consider the extremes within all aspects of weight loss surgery. As programs continue to strive for excellence they sometimes transform, finding their specific niche within the discipline of bariatrics. Boundaries within the field continue to be tested as our technologies and skills sets continue to grow. Today, procedures are performed routinely that not too long ago, were described as “fringe medicine” or “cowboy surgeons taking unnecessary risks.” Through each phase of the surgical process, as we continue to learn from not only our own cases but from the data that is now being accumulated regularly and being made available to us as never before, so too do the questions that arise. Who is and who is not an appropriate candidate for not just bariatric surgery, but for a revisional bariatric procedure, as well?  We all agree that bariatric surgery is a medically necessary procedure, but could it also be successfully performed when utilizing a model often found in a plastic surgery practice? This course will give you insight regarding recent recommendations regarding these issues while also examining advancements in technology and the future of the bariatric surgery specialty.

Course Objectives:
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss the patient selection process. What makes a practice right for a patient and vice versa.
  • Identify who is an appropriate candidate for a revisional procedure status post bariatric surgery. Determine if it matters if the need for a revision is a result of an anatomic problem or if it is simply behavioural.
  • Understand the role of Single Incision Laparoscopy within the field of bariatrics
  • Discuss the use of robotics during bariatric procedures
  • Explore the appropriateness of discharging a patient from the practice. Delve into the potential need to part company from both the provider and patient standpoint.
  • Examine a case in which the bariatric team disagrees with patient management. Strive to understand each member’s perspective through an inter-disciplinary panel discussion.

Course Outline:

Welcome and Introduction – Brett Gordon, PA-C

Patient Selection: Is the Practice Right for the Patient, and is the Patient Right for the Practice? – Lisa Long, F-NP

What Happens When the Integrated Team is Not on the Same Page? – Lisa Luz, RN, MSN, CBN

Problem Patients: When Should Practices and Patients Part Company? When and How to Discharge a Patient from the Practice – Todd Bartos, Esq.

Q&A Session – All Faculty

Refreshment Break in the Expo Center

Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery – Paul Enochs, MD

Band Management: What is the Role of Fluoroscopy? – Matthew Brengman, MD, FASMBS

The Role of Robotics in Bariatrics? Waste of Time or Technology of the Future? – Brett Gordon, MS, PA-C

Revisions: Did the Patient Fail the Procedure, or Did the Procedure Fail the Patient? Should it Matter? – Kelvin Higa, MD, FASMBS

Gastric Plications and Imbrications and their Role in the Future of Bariatrics – Dana Portenier, MD

Case Studies with Panel Discussion


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