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Obes Surg. 2017 Sep;27(9):2488-2498. doi: 10.1007/s11695-017-2814-3.

What Is Known About the Correlates and Impact of Excess Skin After Bariatric Surgery: a Scoping Review.

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1
Nursing Department, Université du Québec en Outaouais, 283 Boul. Alexandre-Taché, Gatineau, Québec, J8X 3X7, Canada. Aurelie.Baillot@uqo.ca.
2
Centre de recherche du CISSSO, Gatineau, Québec, Canada. Aurelie.Baillot@uqo.ca.
3
Institut du savoir de l'hôpital Montfort-Recherche, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Aurelie.Baillot@uqo.ca.
4
Department of Psychoeducation and Psychology, Université du Québec en Outaouais, Gatineau, Québec, Canada.
5
Nursing Department, Université du Québec en Outaouais, 283 Boul. Alexandre-Taché, Gatineau, Québec, J8X 3X7, Canada.
6
Institut du savoir de l'hôpital Montfort-Recherche, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
7
University of Ottawa, Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Human Kinetics, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
8
Cancer Therapeutic Program, The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
9
University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre, Montréal, Québec, Canada.
10
Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Université de Sherbrooke and Research Centre of the Centre hospitalier universitaire de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada.
11
Quebec Heart and Lung Institute and School of Nutrition, Laval University, Quebec, Canada.
12
Department of Nutrition, Université de Montréal and Institut de Recherche Clinique de Montreal (IRCM), Montréal, Québec, Canada.
13
Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal, Université de Montréal, Montréal, Québec, Canada.
14
Department of Physical Activity Sciences, Université du Québec à Montréal, University Institute of Mental Health at Montreal, Montréal, Québec, Canada.

Abstract

Although bariatric surgery (BS) improves health among adults with severe obesity, it results in excess skin in more than 70% of adults. The purpose of this study was to synthesize current knowledge on (1) the impact of excess skin experienced by adults after BS and (2) the correlates of excess skin quantity and inconveniences. PubMed, PsyArticles, and CINAHL databases were searched in May 2016 for relevant studies. Titles, abstracts, and full texts of studies retrieved were screened independently by two reviewers against inclusion criteria: (1) peer-reviewed primary research studies, (2) samples with adults who underwent BS, and (3) studies reporting the impact of excess skin and/or excess skin correlates. Thirteen quantitative and eleven qualitative studies met inclusion criteria. Negative physical, psychosocial, and daily life impacts of excess skin were reported in 67, 75, and 83% of studies, respectively. Women reported more excess skin and greater inconveniences of excess skin than did men. Based on the quantitative studies, pre-BS BMI, time since BS, and type of BS were not significantly associated with inconveniences of excess skin; findings were inconclusive for other correlates found (e.g. age, weight loss, BMI). Excess skin may adversely impact adults' physical and psychosocial functioning, as well as their activities of daily life after BS. However, evidence is lacking to determine which adults may be at heightened risk of developing or being negatively impacted by excess skin. More research on correlates of excess skill is needed to inform the development of tailored interventions in those more vulnerable to developing excess skin after BS to mitigate adverse consequences.

KEYWORDS:

Bariatric surgery; Impacts; Surplus skin

PMID:
28681262
DOI:
10.1007/s11695-017-2814-3
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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