Bariatric surgery and perioperative education: The look of patients who are waiting for surgery

Lívia Moreira Barros, Francisco Marcelo Leandro Cavalcante, Nelson Miguel Galindo Neto, Natasha Marques Frota, Thiago Moura de Araújo, Jennara Cândido do Nascimento, Joselany Afio Caetano


Objective: To know the perception of patients who expect the performance of bariatric surgery on perioperative education.

Methods: Exploratory study performed with patients from the preoperative period of bariatric surgery in a reference institution in the realization of the surgical procedure by the Sistema Único de Saúde (SUS) in the State of Ceará, Brazil, in January 2019, through a focal group.

Results: Five categories related to the perception of the subjects about the perioperative education were identified: “Imagining what life will be like after the bariatric surgery”; “Fear and anxiety with the performance of bariatric surgery”; “Preoperative preparation and follow-up in the health service”; “Resolution of doubts during the preoperative preparation” and “Main doubts of those who are still in the preoperative”.

Conclusions: It was evident that the participants recognized the importance of the preoperative follow-up of bariatric surgery, highlighted as beneficial the occurrence of educational strategies in this period for the acquisition of knowledge and resolution of doubts, especially about the surgical procedure and postoperative care.

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Journal of Nursing Education and Practice

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

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