Patient Recall of Education about the Risks of Alcohol Use Following Bariatric Surgery

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Obesity surgery


Patients who undergo bariatric surgery are at increased risk of developing alcohol problems. The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether patients who underwent bariatric surgery recalled receiving education about alcohol prior to having surgery and to investigate their alcohol use patterns. Patients (N = 567) who underwent bariatric surgery completed a survey regarding their knowledge of risks related to post-surgical alcohol use. Although most patients recalled receiving education about abstinence from alcohol after surgery, at least one-third of patients do not appear to understand the risks involved with alcohol consumption, suggesting that patients did not retain the information. Despite recalling receiving education, many patients still consumed alcohol after surgery. It appears that additional interventions are needed to decrease alcohol use after bariatric surgery.

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ePub ahead of print