Inpatient Bariatric Surgical Care
Bariatric patients should plan to spend 2.5 days in the hospital after surgery, where they receive highly personal and attentive care in Greenwich Hospital’s 48-bed inpatient unit. The specialized bariatric care team includes a surgeon, physician assistants, nurses and the bariatric program coordinator, as well as physical therapists, case managers, dietitians and pharmacists. Patient rooms are comfortably furnished to accommodate overnight visitors if a family member/caregiver wants to stay with a patient. Each room is equipped with wireless Internet, telephone and TV service. Newspapers and magazines are available for delivery as well.
Appropriate pain control helps patients recover faster and also reduces the risk of developing certain complications. When pain is well controlled, patients are better able to participate in important activities such as walking, deep breathing exercises and physical therapy and rehabilitation. All surgery patients are continually assessed to ensure they remain comfortable.
This holistic, energy-based therapy complements patient care. Trained Healing Touch volunteers use soothing techniques to help patients relax and facilitate healing. This service can be arranged through staff on the inpatient surgical floor.
Hospital chaplains provide a spiritual presence in keeping with the beliefs or religious practices of patients and their families. Chaplains are available for counsel, prayer and support for those in need. The Spiritual Care Department will also assist in contacting clergy from the community.
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