The Importance of Bariatric Surgical Table Accessories

May 30, 2023

bariatric patient on surgical table

Larger, heavier patients generally require specific medical equipment of increased size and weight capacity. Bariatric Surgical Table Accessories are designed to help ensure the safety of these patients as well as the success of the procedure. In this blog, we will discuss everything you need to know about bariatric surgical table accessories, including features, benefits, and examples.

What Are Bariatric Surgical Table Accessories?

Bariatric surgical table accessories are designed to provide better positioning options, increased weight capacity, and more substantial support for larger patients. Accessories may include bariatric headrests, armboards, leg holders, patient positioning straps, and extensions.

All of these accessories are designed to work with different tables to meet the needs of both the patient and medical professional, with higher weight capacities and larger sizes than standard surgical table accessories.

What Are The Benefits Of Bariatric Surgical Table Accessories?  

The benefits of bariatric surgical table accessories are numerous, but most importantly, they improve patient safety and comfort. These accessories are designed to securely hold the patient in the necessary position while in the operating room, which is especially important during lengthy surgical procedures.

The increased weight capacity of bariatric surgical table accessories ensures that larger patients are stable during the procedure, reducing the risk of injury. Additionally, many of these accessories offer adjustment options, which means that the surgeon can adjust the table to fit the needs of any individual patient.

What Are The Different Types Of Bariatric Surgical Table Accessories?

There are several types of bariatric surgical table accessories that are designed to provide support and safety for patients during surgery. While the accessories you choose will depend on the surgical procedure and the needs of your patient, below are some of the most common types to consider.


Armboards provide support and stability for the patient's arms during surgery. Additionally, armboards can help to prevent nerve damage, muscle strains, and other injuries that can result from unintended movement during surgery. 

The wider surface area of bariatric armboards like the Widebody Pivoting Armboard ensures that larger arms have enough room to rest comfortably, while the sturdy construction allows them to bear the weight of the patient's arms without bending or flexing. 

Leg Holders 

Leg Holders provide critical support and positioning options for the patient's legs during surgery. This not only enhances safety during the procedure but also allows for greater precision and accuracy in surgical techniques.

Bariatric leg holders are specifically designed to accommodate the larger size and weight of bariatric patients, and they are typically wider and more robust than standard leg holders.

Universal Bariatric Preppers safely and securely prep oversized upper or lower extremities, with pivoting action that accommodates any angle and foam padding that won’t bottom out.

Bariatric Picket Fence Leg Preppers include multiple extra-wide loops for bilateral preps and are reinforced for extra stability, accommodating patients over 300 lbs.

KYRA® Comfort 800 Lithotomy Stirrups have an 800-lb weight capacity with 4" more working space than traditional stirrups. They also feature a larger boot with extra padding to reduce pressure injury risk.

Surgical Table Straps 

Surgical Table Straps are used to secure the patient in specific positions, allowing the surgical team to work more efficiently and effectively while minimizing the risk of injury to the patient. They are also helpful in preventing the patient from sliding or shifting during surgery, which can disrupt the procedure and increase the risk of complications.

Bariatric straps are designed for larger patients, featuring increased size and weight capacities. Fully disinfectable VeriClean™ Bariatric Straps, for example, feature four lock-tight buckles, an extra-large mid-panel, and two sturdy, extra-long straps for added security.

Table Extenders 

Table Extenders are used to extend the length or width of the table to accommodate larger patients. These extensions may be attached to the head or foot of the table and can increase the size of the table by several inches, providing additional space for the patient's body to rest comfortably during surgery.

Products like the AliMed® Bariatric Table Width Extender feature higher weight capacities, provide more surface area for larger patients, and help enhance overall stability during the procedure. 

How To Choose The Right Bariatric Surgical Table Accessories?

Choosing the right bariatric surgical table accessories depends on a variety of factors, including the type of surgical procedure being performed, the size of the patient, and the patient’s individual needs, including additional medical conditions. Before purchasing any accessories, it is essential to understand the weight capacity of the surgical table being used.

Surgical equipment is always evolving, and bariatric surgical table accessories are essential for accommodating heavier patients. These accessories offer numerous benefits, including better patient positioning, increased weight capacity, and improved adjustability options. By selecting the right accessories, you can improve patient safety and reduce the risk of injury during the surgical procedure.

In addition to Bariatric Surgical Table Accessories, AliMed offers a range of bariatric solutions that are designed to meet the unique needs of individuals who require additional support and assistance due to their size. With a variety of products—from mobility aids to positioning devices—AliMed provides bariatric patients with the tools they need to improve their daily lives and achieve greater independence.


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