UPMC Visiting Nurses
Bariatrics Program

The Bariatric Program is designed for bariatric weight loss surgery patients. A registered nurse focuses on lifestyle changes; teaching diet, exercise, wound care, and pain management according to the bariatric surgeon's instructions. Outcomes demonstrate a decline in the readmission rate for patients receiving home health services through the Bariatric Program.

Role of Home Care in the Gastric Bypass Recovery:
  • Improved compliance
  • Education
  • Medication management
  • Liaison with physician
  • Multi-disciplinary care
  • Disease state management program
Program Design:
  • Our patients will receive an admission visit within 48 hours in receipt of final referral or as ordered by the physician.
  • On admission, the Home Health RN will assess the need for additional services including:
    • Registered Dietitian
    • Medical Social Work
    • Rehab Services
    • Gastric Bypass Program maximizes patient outcomes by continuing the physician’s protocol in the home.
Goals of the Program
  • Promote self-management of post-op gastric bypass patients
  • Reduce hospitalizations
  • Increase patient compliance with nutritional plan
  • Assist patient and family in managing lifestyle changes
Enhanced Care in the Home
  • Educate patient on drains, wound care, intake & output, nutrition and potential post-op problems.
  • Assess and make recommendations for pain control, current medication regimen and nutritional risks.
  • Provide ongoing counseling support and initiation of appropriate community resources.

Quality Care
We provide you with enhanced care with a treatment plan tailored to your health condition, environment, and level of recovery.

Compassionate Care
Our dedicated staff help you and your family cope with your condition and work toward your recovery.

Timely Care
We are fully staffed seven days a week to make home care visits, even on holidays when necessary. After normal business hours, a medical professional is always available to take your call.

Patient & Family Centered Care
We are committed to providing you with an exceptional home health experience by delivering and approaching care from the patient and family perspective.