Objective: Enhanced recovery has been utilized to decrease length of stay and cost in bariatric surgery. We have recently focused efforts on pre-operative education with regards to discharge on the first post-operative day. The aim of this study was to determine the effectiveness of pre-operative education on discharge timing and readmission rates. Methods: A retrospective review was conducted after revising discharge expectation education. Patients undergoing first time bariatric operations were included. Early group education focused on average patient stay of 2 postoperative days. Revised education informed patients they could go home on the first post-operative day. Results: A total of 125 patients met inclusion criteria. Implementation of preoperative education was associated with a decrease in mean LOS and greater percentage of patients discharged on post-operative day one. There was no difference in readmission and complication rates. Conclusion: Effective pre-operative education can decrease length of stay in first time laparoscopic bariatric surgery.
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