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Journal of Obesity
Volume 2018, Article ID 8419120, 7 pages
Research Article

Beyond Weight Loss: Establishing a Postbariatric Surgery Patient Support Group—What Do Patients Want?

1Imperial Weight Centre, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, St Mary’s Hospital, Praed Street, London W2 1NY, UK
2Section of Investigative Medicine, Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, Imperial College London, Hammersmith Campus, Hammersmith Hospital, 6th Floor Commonwealth Building, Du Cane Road, London W12 0NN, UK
3Imperial College School of Medicine, Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus, London SW7 2AZ, UK
4Department of Surgery and Cancer, Imperial College London, St Mary’s Campus, Praed Street, London W2 1NY, UK

Correspondence should be addressed to Saira Hameed;

Received 3 July 2017; Revised 18 November 2017; Accepted 6 December 2017; Published 14 February 2018

Academic Editor: Sharon Herring

Copyright © 2018 Saira Hameed et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Purpose. There are limited resources for long-term specialist follow-up after bariatric surgery. In selected centres, patients can access a postoperative support group, but there is no clear evidence to guide their delivery. Materials and Methods. A retrospective study of bariatric surgery patients (n = 152) who had been discharged from specialist follow-up (mean time since surgery 5.5 years), covering weight history, physical and psychosocial comorbidities, and the need for a postoperative bariatric support group. Results. Fifty-eight percent wanted a postbariatric surgery patient support group. This was not associated with operation type or the amount of weight lost or regained. However, those who wanted a support group were significantly more likely to be struggling to keep the weight off, to be unhappy with the way they look, or to be experiencing difficulties returning to work. Conclusions. These data point to an unmet patient requirement for a postoperative support group that is independent of weight loss success. More research is required to ascertain how such a group should be delivered, but our data would suggest that supporting patients with weight loss maintenance, body image, and return to work is an important part of postoperative care, and these needs extend well beyond the immediate period of specialist follow-up.