Osteopathic Care for the Surgical Patient


Surgery has been a part of the training of DOs since the first school of osteopathy opened in 1892. There is no osteopathic surgery – DOs trained in surgery perform surgery in the context of osteopathic medicine. Osteopathic surgeons approach patients as a “whole” and recognize the impact of organ system disease and the psychosocial influences on disease presentation and treatment. The purpose of surgery is to set the stage for the body to heal itself by structurally and surgically altering or removing the source of pathologic function.

Instructional Method

This educational activity is presented in an online, on demand, didactic instruction and demonstration format.

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Cost   Free

Review Date: June 6, 2013
Release Date: July 1, 2014
Review Date: March 22, 2018
Expiration Date   December 31, 2019


The post-test consist of four multiple choice knowledge questions. Once the post-test (70% pass) and program evaluation are completed, participants will be able to download a certificate with credit.


  Foundations for Osteopathic Medicine, 3rdd ed.

  Chapter 9  Somatic Dysfunction, Spinal Facilitation, and Viscerosomatic Integration

  Chapter 55 Adult with Chronic Cardiovascular Disease


Additional resources may be found in the downloadable pdf in the course workflow.

Target Audience

LMU-DCOM third and fourth year clinical adjunct faculty (preceptors) and other health care professionals in a clinical teaching role.

Learning Objectives

 At the completion of this presentation, the participant should be able to:
  1. Review key elements of the osteopathic approach to the surgical patient.
  2. List and describe the 3 main phases of osteopathic care for the surgical patient.
  3. Describe the etiology, pathogenesis, features, locations, and treatment of common viscerosomatic and somatovisceral reflexes and comment upon their effect upon the surgical patient.
  4. Comment upon the role of OMT in addressing two of the most common postoperative complications of surgery.
  5. Given a hypothetical case involving a surgical patient, provide a correct surgical diagnosis or treatment recommendation based upon structural findings.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AOA CME Credit
  • 1.00 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Eva Shay, DO
Assistant Professor of OMM
Lincoln Memorial University- DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine

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Commercial Support

No commercial support


Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Council on Continuing Medical Education (CCME) to present programs that qualify for AOA-CME Category 1 credit.

Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) and the AOA Council on Continuing Medical Education (CCME) approve this educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 hours of AOA Category 1-B CME credits.

Physicians should claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

A Certificate of Completion is provided after the completion of required activities (video, post-test, and evaluation) for non-physicians and other health care professionals who want to self-claim Continuing Education (CE) credit.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AOA CME Credit
  • 1.00 Attendance


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Required Hardware/software

To complete this activity, users will need:

  • A device with an Internet connection
  • One of the two latest versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari (Internet Explorer is no longer supported)
  • Adobe Flash Player and/or an HTML5 capable browser for video or audio playback
  • Adobe Reader or other PDF reader software for certificate viewing/printing