One of the things our patients tend to be most concerned about when we discuss bariatric surgery at info meetings and first visits is the anaesthesia. Becoming anesthetized (gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy are performed in full anesthesia) is always a feeling of loss of control, you do not know for sure what is going on. Our staff know how you feel and we will take good care of you. We are constantly trying to improve everything we do, and that also applies to the anaesthesia. More than ten years ago, our team published (link no 1) a study on how to make the anaesthesia smoother. Already during this study, we shortened the time from start of anaesthesia to start of operation from 23 minutes<to 8 minutes; And the time from the end of surgery to wake-up from<6 minutes to 2 minutes (!).
ERAS -enhanced recovery after urgery
We have also worked to make patient care after surgery as good as possible. This is done according to evidence-based guidelines, called ERAS (read more here, link No. 2) . The goal is that you as a patient should have as little side effects of the anaesthesia (nausea, etc.) and the actual surgery (pain) as possible.
All of these are examples of our philosophy within the team and the clinic: that everything that can be improved all the time should be worked actively with -and this we hope and believe that you as a patient will also benefit from.
More studies from our team can be seen below!
Bergland O, Bergland A, Gislason H, Rader J. The implementation of the ERAS protocol in high-volume bariatric surgery: complications and anaesthetic considerations in 5068 consecutive morbidly obese patients. Accepted for publication in Acta Anesth.
Karlsson A, Wendel K, Polits S, Gislason H, Hedenbro J. Preoperative nutrition and postoperative discomfort in ERAS settings: A randomized study in gastric bypass surgery. Obes Surg 2016;26:743-748
Link No 1: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19025533
Link No 2: www.erassociety.org