April 1, 2007

Bariatric surgery: Is your ASC ready?

By: Cynthia L. Saver, RN, MS

More Americans are turning to bariatric surgery as the answer to morbid obesity. In the past, they faced open gastric bypass surgery as the only surgical route to lose weight and improve their health. But endoscopic innovations, including laparoscopic gastric bypass and laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB), result in fewer complications, a faster recovery time, and less pain than open procedures.

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