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Obesity (Silver Spring). 2009 May;17(5):871-9. doi: 10.1038/oby.2008.580. Epub 2009 Feb 19.

Best practice updates for multidisciplinary care in weight loss surgery.

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  • 1Department of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Nutrition, Boston University Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.


The objective of this study is to update evidence-based best practice guidelines for multidisciplinary care of weight loss surgery (WLS) patients. We performed systematic search of English-language literature on WLS, patient selection, and medical, multidisciplinary, and nutritional care published between April 2004 and May 2007 in MEDLINE and the Cochrane Library. Key words were used to narrow the search for a selective review of abstracts, retrieval of full articles, and grading of evidence according to systems used in established evidence-based models. A total of 150 papers were retrieved from the literature search and 112 were reviewed in detail. We made evidence-based best practice recommendations from the most recent literature on multidisciplinary care of WLS patients. New recommendations were developed in the areas of patient selection, medical evaluation, and treatment. Regular updates of evidence-based recommendations for best practices in multidisciplinary care are required to address changes in patient demographics and levels of obesity. Key factors in patient safety include comprehensive preoperative medical evaluation, patient education, appropriate perioperative care, and long-term follow-up.

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