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    Bariatric Surgery Patient

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    Case Scenario

    Mr. C., a 32-year-old single man, is seeking information at the outpatient center regarding possible bariatric surgery for his obesity. He reports that he has always been heavy, even as a small child, but he has gained about 100 pounds in the last 2-3 years. Previous medical evaluations have not indicated any metabolic diseases, but he says he has high blood pressure, which he tries to control with sodium restriction and sleep apnea. He current works at a catalog telephone center.

    Objective Data

    Height: 68 inches; Weight 134.5 kg
    BP: 172/96, HR 88, RR 26
    Fasting Blood Glucose: 146/mg/dL
    Total Cholesterol: 250mg/dL
    Triglycerides: 312 mg/dL
    HDL: 30 mg/dL
    Critical Thinking Questions

    1) What health risks associated with obesity does Mr. C. have? Is bariatric surgery an appropriate intervention? Why or why not?
    2) Mr. C. has been diagnosed with peptic ulcer disease and the following medications have been ordered:
    a) Magnesium hydroxide/aluminum hydroxide (Mylanta) 15 mL PO 1 hour before bedtime and 3 hours after mealtime and at bedtime
    b) Ranitidine (Zantac) 300 mg PO at bedtime
    c) Sucralfate / Carafate 1 g or 10ml suspension (500mg / 5mL) 1 hour before meals and at bedtime.

    The patient reports eating meals at 7 a.m., noon, and 6 p.m., and a bedtime snack at 10 p.m. Plan an administration schedule that will be most therapeutic and acceptable to the patient.

    3) Assess each of Mr. C.'s functional health patterns using the information given (Hint: Functional health patterns include health-perception - health management, nutritional - metabolic, elimination, activity-exercise, sleep-rest, cognitive-perceptual, self-perception - self-concept, role-relationship, sexuality - reproductive, coping - stress tolerance).

    What actual or potential problems can you identify? Describe at least five problems and provide the rationale for each.

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    Solution Preview

    1) What health risks associated with obesity does Mr. C. have? Is bariatric surgery an appropriate intervention? Why or why not?

    At 295 pounds and 5 foot and 8 inches, a 32 year old man with the type of problems he is beginning have he will run the risk of Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease. He already has Hypertension and Hyperlipidemia and from the blood glucose appears to have Metabolic disorder and early onset Diabetes. Bariatric surgery is normally reserved for the morbidly obese. Mr. C. does fall in this category but needs close supervision to make sure that he changes his lifelong habits of self-defeating lack of exercise and poor eating behaviors. A psychologist or psychiatric should see Mr. C. to find out why he has gained 100 pounds in just the last 2-3 years. This may be an important piece of the puzzle in making sure he keeps off the weight.

    2) Mr. C. has been diagnosed with peptic ulcer disease and the following medications have been ordered:
    a) ...

    Solution Summary

    This solution answers questions regarding a case scenario of a bariatric surgery patient.

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