The purpose of this symposium is to focus on the latest trends for optimizing patients for bariatric surgery and for post-operative weight loss and maintenance. Implementing a holistic approach to patient care based on Nutritional / behavioral interventions and weight loss medications Target audience: All Integrated Health Professionals (e.g. Registered Nurses, Dietitians, Behavioral Health Professionals, Licensed Practical Nurses, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Exercise Physiologists, Pharmacists), Physicians, and, Bariatric Surgeons.

Learning Objectives

  1. Introduce the use of anti-obesity medications into the pre-bariatric surgery process, Optimization at the time of surgery & postoperative implementation .
  2. Identify Potential Biological and Behavioral PhenoTypes of Obesity.
  3. Learn where PhenoTypes and patient-specific barriers impact ability to make Nutritional / Behavioral changes – and how this can drive choice of anti-obesity medication.
  4. Explore the existing data about use of anti-obesity medications on bariatric surgery outcomes: A call to action?

1:30pm Introduction
Jaymey Sweeney, RN MN FNP-C
1:35pm Identifying Patient-Specific Barriers to Behavioral / Nutritional Changes
Collen Schreyer, PhD
1:55pm Implementing AOMs Preoperatively: Who, When, Where, What and How
Fauzi F Feris Jassir, MD
2:15pm Implementing AOMs Postoperatively: Who, When, Where, What and How
Nancy Puzziferri, MD
2:35pm Impact of AOM use on Bariatric Surgery Outcomes – Call to Action?
Jaime Almandoz, MD
2:50pm Panel Question & Answer
3:00pm Adjourn