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IJMDC. 2020; 4(9): 1447-1452

Post-bariatric surgery satisfaction and body-contouring consideration among post-bariatric patients in Najran University Hospital, Southern Region of Saudi Arabia

Abdulrahman Manaa Sultan Alamri, Saeed Ai Alsareii, Abdulhadi Mohamed Elbashir, Salem Ali Alatef Sultan, Sultan Yahya AlHammam, Ibrahim Hazzaa Alshaghath.


Background: Bariatric surgery (or weight loss surgery) includes a group of procedures done on obese people. This study was conducted to assess post-bariatric surgery satisfaction and body-contouring consideration after massive weight loss among post-bariatric patients.
Methodology: A descriptive cross-sectional approach was used targeting all post-bariatric patients in Najran University Hospital, Najran, Saudi Arabia. Data were collected through interviewing all post-bariatric patients who were admitted or visited obesity or dietary clinic in Najran University Hospital in the period between September 2018 and December 2018.
Results: The study included 118 cases who underwent bariatric surgery. The participants’ age ranged from 15 to 60 years old with a mean age of 34.6 ± 10.7 years old. The majority of cases were males (69.5%; 82) and Saudi (80.5%; 95). Weight was significantly decreased from 102.8 ± 18.5 kg before undergoing the bariatric surgery to 77.7 ± 10.1 9 kg months after undergoing surgery. Thirty-four (28.8%) participants recorded that they had massive weight loss. Regarding their perception of the most affected area (had skin folding), abdominal region was the most reported (41.5%) followed by upper limbs (16.9%), buttocks, and thigh.
Conclusions: The study revealed that most of the cases who had undergone bariatric surgery were satisfied with their body image except for their abdominal region. This developed the desire in a high portion of cases to undergo body-contouring surgery to improve their general appearance.

Key words: Bariatric surgery, weight change, satisfaction, contour surgery, expectation

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