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Bariatric Surgery during COVID-19 Pandemic from Patients’ Point of View—The Results of a National Survey

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Department of General, Oncological, Metabolic and Thoracic Surgery, Military Institute of Medicine, 04-141 Warsaw, Poland
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2nd Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical University of Warsaw, 00-315 Warsaw, Poland
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2nd Department of General Surgery, Jagiellonian University Medical College, 31-008 Kraków, Poland
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Department of General, Gastroenterological, and Oncological Surgery, Collegium Medicum Nicolaus Copernicus University, 85-067 Torun, Poland
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Department of General, Endocrine and Transplant Surgery, Medical University of Gdansk, 80-210 Gdansk, Poland
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J. Clin. Med. 2020, 9(6), 1697; https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm9061697
Received: 5 May 2020 / Revised: 29 May 2020 / Accepted: 29 May 2020 / Published: 2 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Collection Bariatric Surgery: Latest Advances and Prospects)
Introduction: The aim of the study was to investigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on bariatric care from the patients’ point of view. The COVID-19 pandemic has perturbed the functioning of healthcare systems around the world and led to changes in elective surgical care, with bariatric procedures being postponed until the end of pandemic. There is no data in the literature about the effect of a new epidemiological situation on bariatric patients. Methods: The study was designed as an online survey containing multiple open questions about bariatric care during the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey was conducted among pre- and postoperative bariatric patients. Results: Out of 800 respondents, 74.53% felt anxiety about their health in regard to the present epidemiologic state. Some (72.25%) were aware of the fact that obesity was an important risk factor that could impair the course of the COVID-19 disease. Almost 30% of respondents admitted having put on weight, significantly more in the group of preoperative patients (43.8% vs. 22.69%; p < 0.001). Only 20.92% of patients had a possibility of continuing direct bariatric care; 67.3% of patients had an opportunity of remote contact with a bariatric specialist, including online consultations, teleconsultations and social media meetings. Conclusions: Limited access to medical care and quarantine lockdown may result in a deterioration of long-time operation outcomes and lower weight losses. Patients should be encouraged to profit from online consultations with specialists and telemedicine to reduce the negative effects of the pandemic on their health. View Full-Text
Keywords: bariatric surgery; COVID bariatric surgery; COVID
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Walędziak, M.; Różańska-Walędziak, A.; Pędziwiatr, M.; Szeliga, J.; Proczko-Stepaniak, M.; Wysocki, M.; Stefura, T.; Major, P. Bariatric Surgery during COVID-19 Pandemic from Patients’ Point of View—The Results of a National Survey. J. Clin. Med. 2020, 9, 1697. https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm9061697

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Walędziak M, Różańska-Walędziak A, Pędziwiatr M, Szeliga J, Proczko-Stepaniak M, Wysocki M, Stefura T, Major P. Bariatric Surgery during COVID-19 Pandemic from Patients’ Point of View—The Results of a National Survey. Journal of Clinical Medicine. 2020; 9(6):1697. https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm9061697

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Walędziak, Maciej, Anna Różańska-Walędziak, Michał Pędziwiatr, Jacek Szeliga, Monika Proczko-Stepaniak, Michał Wysocki, Tomasz Stefura, and Piotr Major. 2020. "Bariatric Surgery during COVID-19 Pandemic from Patients’ Point of View—The Results of a National Survey" Journal of Clinical Medicine 9, no. 6: 1697. https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm9061697

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