Auricular Acupuncture to Reduce Postoperative
Lynn G. Grove
Kristy A. Sands
Dr. George Tenedios
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania - Department of Nursing
Bariatric surgery is increasing in popularity as an effective treatment for obesity and obesity-related conditions. Sleeve gastrectomy has emerged as the most common bariatric surgery because it delivers comparable weight reduction to gastric bypass, is performed laparoscopically, and has fewer complications. One of the most common complications of sleeve gastrectomy surgery is postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV). A quality improvement project was completed to evaluate auricular acupuncture (AA) (needles placed in specific meridians in the cartilage of the ears), in addition to current antiemetic treatment to further reduce nausea and vomiting immediately following Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy (LSG) surgery. A retrospective chart review was completed to assess episodes of PONV from the end of LSG surgery until discharge from the post-anesthesia care unit.