Dr. Michael Bauer Says Team Approach is Key to Optimal Outcomes
Jun 11, 2020 09:12AM
By MED Magazine
Of all the things that Michael Bauer, MD, loves about his work as a general surgeon at Surgical Institute of South Dakota, one thing stands out: The daily group meeting on patients admitted through the acute care service.
"Every day we discuss these patients all together and review their treatment plans," says Dr. Bauer, one of nine surgeons at SI. "For me, it is the most fun part of the day. We have so much talent in this group and this keeps everyone improving their care. From a patient's perspective, it means you don't have just one surgeon - you have a whole team of surgeons."
Bauer says this team approach is a key part of Surgical Institute’s excellent patient outcomes. In addition to the surgeons, the group includes nine advanced practice providers and a team of specialty trained nurses.
"They are a critically important part of our practice," says Bauer, who focuses largely on bariatrics and minimally invasive surgeries of the foregut. "A lot of people can do sleeve gastrectomies and gastric bypasses, but what allows patients to do really well is a great integrative medicine team, including bariatric dieticians and nurses. This specialized team approach makes the difference."
Bauer says bariatric surgery is an underutilized tool for reducing disease risk in the morbidly obese. Although these patients may be apprehensive, or even see surgery as a "cop out", fewer than five percent of them will ever lose the weight without surgical intervention.
"We can see up to 80 percent remission of Type 2 diabetes, resolution of sleep apnea, high blood pressure, treatment of fatty liver disease, and reduced risk of heart disease and stroke," says Dr. Bauer, who uses a minimally invasive approach to significantly reduce the risk for hernia,. "It can be complex sometimes, but seeing people succeed is one of the most rewarding parts of my job."
Another rewarding part of his job are his twice monthly trips to Freeman, South Dakota where he provides surgical consultations and screening colonoscopies and endoscopies. Dr. Bauer grew up on a farm in Southwest Nebraska and says he feels right at home in the community of 1,300.
"It's an older population out there and many people don't like having to come to the big city and drive," says Dr. Bauer. "Not only is it more convenient for them but they tend to be close with their local doctors and I am able to speak with those doctors directly, which is beneficial."
Although bariatrics makes up a large portion of his practice, Dr. Bauer has expertise in a number of robotic-assisted procedures, including complex hernia repair. He offers the fundic-sparing Linx Reflux Management System for gastroesophageal reflux disease and is also involved in acute care and trauma procedures.
"One of the best parts of my work at Surgical Institute of South Dakota is that I am able to have a broad practice," he says.
Surgical Institute of South Dakota is a team of caring professionals specializing in general surgery.