Predictors of Health-Related Quality of Life After Bariatric Surgery

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Background: Bariatric surgery is typically associated with improvement in health-related quality of life (HRQoL). However, recent reports are conflicting, and the aim of this study was to determine factors that would be predictive for long-term outcomes after bariatric procedures. Methods: One thousand five hundred and seventy-three patients at one Midwestern academic medical center who underwent any type of bariatric surgery were sent the SF-36 survey. Three hundred and fifty completed surveys collected over a 3-month period were returned. Multivariate analysis was conducted. Results: The physical and mental component scores were significantly lower than the norm population mean. Age at time of surgery, pre-surgical body mass index (BMI) and duration since surgery were negatively related to HRQoL. Conclusions: Improvements in HRQoL following bariatric surgery do not appear to be sustained over the long term. Older patients and those with high pre-surgical obesity do not appear to have the same benefits in HRQoL over time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2302-2305
Number of pages4
JournalObesity Surgery
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015


  • Bariatric surgery
  • Biliary pancreatic diversion
  • Gastric banding
  • Gastric bypass
  • Health-related quality of life (HRQoL)
  • Sleeve gastrectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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