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Preoperative Exam For Bariatric Surgery

What Is A Preoperative Exam?

Prior to bariatric surgery (weight loss surgery), routine tests are necessary. These may include blood tests, x-ray studies, and an EKG. Your surgeon may also include psychiatric evaluations, sleep studies, and a cardiology evaluation. Often, your surgeon may perform or request an upper endoscopy (EGD) to evaluate the anatomy of your stomach and rule out an infection in the stomach prior to performing bariatric surgery.

Why Would I Need A Preoperative Exam?

An assessment of the anatomy and condition of the upper gastrointestinal tract (esophagus, stomach, small intestines) is important prior to surgery that will alter this anatomy. It is also useful to screen for an infection (h. Pylori) that can lead to ulcers.

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