Evaluating the need for dermatological care in a postsurgical bariatric sample

Melissa Butt, Eiman Khesroh, Jocelyn Simmers, Ann M. Rogers, Matthew F. Helm, Andrea Rigby

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Background: Bariatric surgery rates are increasing in tandem with obesity in the United States. patients after surgery bariatric can lose up to or more than one-third of their excess weight within the first year. This sudden loss of weight can lead to skin redundancy and increased susceptibility to dermatological issues. There is a paucity of literature addressing the issue of skin redundancy and associated factors following bariatric surgery. Objectives: To evaluate the prevalence and severity of dermatological concerns among postbariatric surgery patients and assess the impact of these issues on patients’ quality of life. Setting: Surgical Weight Loss Clinic at an academic medical center in south-central Pennsylvania. Methods: A cross-sectional survey was administered from September 9 to November 30, 2020 to adult postoperative patients. Data were collected via self-report questionnaires with a retest issued approximately 72 hours later. The survey included questions regarding occurrences of skin disturbances and the Dermatology Life Quality Index. All analyses were conducted using SAS version 9.4. Results: A total of 575 patients were invited to participate, with 103 participating and 69 completing the retest. The health questionnaire indicated that 69.6% of patients had challenges with skin rashes or irritation due to loose skin; 80.6% were interested in having skin removal surgery; and only 5.8% were referred to a dermatologist for their concerns. Conclusion: The presence of skin concerns was associated with impaired HRQOL among postbariatric patients. This suggests a need to further educate the bariatric interdisciplinary team to evaluate the impacts of skin pathology on postbariatric patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1302-1309
Number of pages8
JournalSurgery for Obesity and Related Diseases
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery


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