Key words: Patient Care Coordinator at Data were collected using a questionnaire sent to patients who had undergone Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, or gastric banding within our unit and who had since been discharged from specialist follow-up. Interestingly, apps for use on mobile devices are increasingly available for perioperative bariatric support [ 32 ]. Support group meeting attendance is associated with better weight loss. M, mean; SD, standard deviation. A manual search of our bariatric surgery database yielded the contact and clinical details of potential participants at the time of the survey.
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Bariatric Surgery Support Groups
It is widely recognised that there is a high prevalence of body image dysphoria amongst obese patients [ 22 ] and although physical change may have been achieved, this might not have occurred in tandem with the appropriate psychological change. Abstract Purpose There are limited resources for long-term specialist follow-up after bariatric surgery. The average age of our survey responders at the time of surgery was National Center for Biotechnology InformationU. The majority were female, married or in a de facto relationship, and reported little recent psychological distress. In addition, our work suggests that patients would find technological interfaces such as e-mail contact and social media to be useful components of postoperative support.