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JAMA Insights
Clinical Update
September 1, 2020

Primary Care Treatment of Patients Following Bariatric Surgery in 2020

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Surgery, University of California, Los Angeles
  • 2Center for Human Nutrition, University of California, Los Angeles
JAMA. 2020;324(9):888-889. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.14061

Bariatric surgery is commonly performed to achieve otherwise refractory weight loss. Outcomes following these procedures depend on the quality of clinical care received after the procedure,1 although many patients who undergo bariatric surgery do not entirely adhere to the prescribed follow-up regimen. A 20112 study showed that only 7% of the 242 patients had office follow-up 10 years after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery (RYGB). Primary care physicians (PCPs) should be aware of the potential adverse outcomes after bariatric surgery, including risk of weight regain, surgical complications, and nutritional deficiencies.