Overview and Target Audience

Patients seeking bariatric surgery frequently report chronic pain that impairs their ability to engage in physical activity and reduces quality of life. This symposia will include a series of presentations, given by clinicians across the spectrum of obesity treatment, that address the assessment and treatment of chronic pain as it interacts with the pre- to post-operative bariatric surgery process. The target audience includes physicians, nurses, behavioral health clinicians, and other and other medical health professionals who work with bariatric surgery patients.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the prevalence rate of chronic pain in patients undergoing bariatric surgery.
  2. Discuss the role of pain catastrophizing in patients’ experience of chronic pain and the impact on quality of life.
  3. Identify behavioral interventions appropriate for the treatment of chronic pain.
  4. Summarize recent changes in physicians’ prescription of pain medications and best practices for the prescription of opioid medications for patients undergoing bariatric surgery.

1:30pm Welcome
Colleen Schreyer, PhD
1:35pm Obesity and Chronic Pain: Prevalence, Etiology and Clinical Implications
Genna Hymowitz, PhD
1:55pm Best practices for pharmaceutical pain management in patients undergoing bariatric surgery
Sarah E Billmeier, MD MPH
2:15pm Assessment and behavioral treatment of chronic pain and pain catastrophizing: Improving quality of life for pre- and post-surgical bariatric patients
Colleen Schreyer, PhD
2:35pm Question & Answer
2:55pm Closing Remarks and Future Directions
Colleen Schreyer, PhD