Pre-Operative Patient information leaflet for Obese Patients

By telling patients politely about the risks of obesity to their general health and operative outcomes and yet in a constructive manner about the benefits of weight loss for all types of surgery is a real everyday challenge.

We are all faced with time pressure, personal knowledge limits and prejudice.

SOBA recommends using a simple leaflet like this to guide the often 'too awkward to have' discussion in our general pre-assessment clinics.

Authors

Dr's Claire Nightingale (High Wycombe) and Louise Maxwell (Rotherham)