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The improvement of quality of life in patients treated with bariatric surgery in Korea

Title
The improvement of quality of life in patients treated with bariatric surgery in Korea
Authors
Oh S.-H.Song H.J.Kwon J.-W.Park D.-J.Lee Y.-J.Chun H.Kim S.Shim K.-W.
Ewha Authors
심경원전혜진
SCOPUS Author ID
심경원scopus; 전혜진scopus
Issue Date
2013
Journal Title
Journal of the Korean Surgical Society
ISSN
1226-0053JCR Link
Citation
vol. 84, no. 3, pp. 131 - 139
Indexed
SCOPUS WOS scopus
Abstract
Purpose: Bariatric surgery is considered an efficient treatment for severe obesity, but postoperative complications and psychosocial problems may impact quality of life (QoL). Although QoL is an important aspect of bariatric surgery, few studies have evaluated the changes in QoL. We examined whether severely obese patients who had undergone bariatric surgery had better QoL compared with severely obese adults who had not undergone bariatric surgery in Korea. Methods: Data were obtained from 78 participants in two groups; bariatric surgery group (n = 53) and nonsurgery group (n = 25). EuroQoL-5D (EQ-5D), the impact of weight on quality of life-lite (IWQoL-lite) and the obesity-related psychosocial problem scale (OP-scale) were used to assess the improvement of QoL. Results: A total of 78 patients completed the QoL forms as part of their surgical consultation. In the EQ-5D, the changes of EQ-5D 3 level and EQ-5D visual analogue scale in the surgery group was 0.174 and 24.6 versus 0.017 and 17.8 in the nonsurgery group (P = 0.197 and P = 0.179). The changes of IWQoL-lite and OP-scale were significantly improved after bariatric surgery. In the IWQoL-lite, the mean changes in the surgery group was 33.4 versus 14.3 points in the nonsurgery group (P = 0.000). In the OP-scale, the mean changes in the surgery group patients scored 39.3 versus 9.0 points in the nonsurgery group (P = 0.000). Conclusion: We demonstrated significant improvement of QoL observed after bariatric surgery compared to nonsurgical procedure. The results of this comparative study favor bariatric surgery for the treatment of severe obesity. Copyright © 2013, the Korean Surgical Society.
DOI
10.4174/jkss.2013.84.3.131
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