Perception of patients after bariatric surgery on quality of life

Lívia Moreira Barros, Maria Girlane Sousa Albuquerque Brandão, Amanda de Oliveira Barbosa, Natália Ângela Oliveira Fontenele, Maria Aline Moreira Ximenes, Nelson Miguel Galindo Neto, Joselany Áfio Caetano


Objective: This study aimed at understanding the perception of bariatric patients about their Quality of Life (QoL) after bariatric surgery.

Methods: Descriptive and qualitative study performed at a reference hospital for bariatric surgery in the State of Ceara/Brazil. Subjects were 27 patients who were experiencing postoperative and data collection was made from interviews with semi-structured document. Data was subjected to qualitative content analysis, which allowed the emergence of categories: “In searching for a healthier life”; “The weight cycling villain and failure in other treatments”; “The meaning of quality of life and a reflection of obesity in daily life”; “The effects on quality of life of individuals after bariatric surgery”. The project was approved by the Ethics Committee (CEP 538/2011).

Results: For most patients, QoL is defined as having a healthy life with the possibility of exercising without tiring easily, being able to eat properly, performing better at work and having a more active social life.

Conclusions: Thus, it is seen that bariatric surgery was effective on QoL improvements on self-esteem, self-care, work performance, leisure and social relationships.

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Journal of Nursing Education and Practice

ISSN 1925-4040 (Print)   ISSN 1925-4059 (Online)

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