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Bariatric Surgery Update - PT267

Bariatric Surgery Update

by Susanne J. Pavlovich-Danis, MSN, RN, ARNP-C, CDE, CRRN
(4.4 / 656 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (1.00 Hour(s))

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Nearly 70% of adults in the U.S. are overweight, and of those, more than one-third are obese. Shockingly, 20.5% of adolescents ages 12 to 19 are obese, 17.7% of children ages 6 to 11 are obese, and 8.4% of children ages 2 to 5 are obese.Weight loss surgery is not necessarily considered experimental or cosmetic; the National Institutes of Health suggests consideration of surgical weight-loss procedures for clinically severe obese people (BMI > 40 kg/m2) and those with a BMI greater than 35 kg/m2 who have certain medical conditions. This module will provide an overview of the bariatric surgical options and of the care of patients who have had bariatric surgery.


The goal of this continuing education program is to provide nurses, occupational therapists, and physical therapists with an overview of the care of patients who have had bariatric surgery. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Differentiate between surgical options available for severely obese individuals
  • Identify psychosocial and quality-of-life issues impacting patients before and after bariatric surgery
  • List metabolic and physiological considerations nurses must be aware of when caring for patients after bariatric surgery

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, physical therapists, and occupational therapists.
Physical therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
OnCourse Learning is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of Continuing Education for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants from October 21, 2009 to October 20, 2018.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider GED012010TPTA2012004 for 01/01/2010 to 01/31/2013; 1601004 for 02/01/2013 to 01/31/2016; and 1902004TX for 02/01/2016 to 01/31/2019 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
As of 4/5/10, OnCourse Learning is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California.
OnCourse Learning is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000275) with The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from July 2013 through September 30, 2018.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by:
The Ohio Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 10S0417 for 3/15/10 to 3/15/11; 11S0685 for 03/16/11 to 03/16/12; 12S0659 for 02/13/12 to 02/13/13; 13S0983 for 02/14/13 to 02/14/14; 14S0413 for 02/15/14 to 02/15/15; 15S0755 for 02/16/16 to 02/16/16; 16S1301 for 02/17/16 to 02/17/17; 17S0869 fpr 2/18/17 to 2/18/18; 18S0775 for 2/19/18 to 2/19/19).
The Florida Physical Therapy Association (approval no. CP100315279, exp. date 12/31/10; CE110017083 for 01/01/11 to 12/31/11; CE120117121 for 01/01/12 to 12/31/12, CE130019640 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13; CE140021520 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14; CE150023819 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15; CE16-27097 for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16; CE17-518151 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/17; CE18-518151 for 01/01/18 to 12/31/18). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the Florida Physical Therapy Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
The Tennessee Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 3386 for 8/17/10 to 8/16/11, 3931 for 8/17/11 to 8/16/12, 4554 for 08/17/12 to 08/16/13; 5140 for 08/17/13 to 08/16/14; 5670 for 08/17/14 to 08/16/15; 6229 for 08/17/15 to 08/16/16; 2017-410 for 8/7/17 to 8/16/18; 2018-258 for 8/17/18 to 8/16/19) for Class 1 Continuing Education Requirement.
The Pennsylvania Board of Physical Therapy (approval no. PTCE002197 for 05/28/11 to 12/31/12, PTCE003838 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/14; PTCE007012 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/16; PTCE010094 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/18).
The New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval no. 290-2010, expiration date 1/31/12; 101-2012 from 02/01/12 to 01/31/14; 2014-1057 for 02/01/14 to 01/31/16; 2016-268 for 02/01/16 to 01/31/18; 1801-195 for 2/1/18 to 1/31/20). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the Florida Physical Therapy Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
This course has been approved by the Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 09/13/11 to 07/31/13; 07/31/13 to 07/31/15; 07/31/15 to 07/31/17; 11/29/17 to 7/31/19.
The Illinois Chapter Continuing Education Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of Continuing Education offerings established by The Illinois Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 437-3216 for 3/1/2010 to 3/1/2011, 437-3801 for 04/01/11 to 04/01/12; 437-4218 for 04/01/12 to 04/01/13; 437-4818 for 04/01/13 to 04/01/14). According to the Rules for the Administration of the Illinois Physical Therapy Act (section 13460.61) published by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant applying for re-licensure in Illinois can earn a maximum of 50 percent of their required continuing education hours from self-study. The hours awarded of this course are designated for self-study CE credit.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.

Course Originally Released on: 8/17/2016
Date of Most Recent Review: 8/17/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 8/17/2019


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Amy B - Durham, NH  ·  Oct 22, 2018
It gave me a better understanding of each weight loss surgical procedure
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Daniel P - ebensburg, PA  ·  Oct 21, 2018
I learned a lot with this course and will apply it in my POCs
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STACY K - Crooksville,ohio, OH  ·  Oct 01, 2018
very informative course will recommend course to other coworkers
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Kathleen A - Media, PA  ·  Sep 30, 2018
provides a basic understanding of bariatric surgery benefits
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Emily F - Tupelo, MS  ·  Sep 14, 2018
this is a good course and I would recommend
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Price: $19.00
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