5 structure and function of the gastrointestinal system

35-year-old male status-post gastric bypass surgery two weeks ago.

He has questions to ask you since you are his primary nurse. It is imperative to have some understanding of the pathophysiology.

1. What is the difference between digestion and absorption?

2. Relate the characteristics of the small intestine to its absorptive function.

3. Compare the digestion and absorption of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins?

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