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Enfermería Global

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HOYOS DUQUE, Teresa Nury  and  SALAZAR MAYA, Ángela María. Bariatric surgery: a thorny but satisfying experience. Enferm. glob. [online]. 2016, vol.15, n.43, pp.212-227. ISSN 1695-6141.

Obesity is a global public health problem. Those who suffer from it have tend to have more health problems, so many choose bariatric surgery as the only solution. Purpose: To describe what the experience of people who underwent bariatric surgery meant in the metropolitan area of Valle de Aburrá, Medellín, Colombia from 2008 to 2012. Method: Qualitative research approved by the Ethics Committee of the Nursing Faculty of the University of Antioquia-Colombia, 23 participants over 18 years old; the analysis was conducted based on grounded theory. Results: Participants found the post-operative period to be a thorny and complex process; eating was a nightmare; changes in their body image and physical and emotional changes and caused anxiety in them and made it difficult for them to accept other changes. But they also acquired habits and behavioural patterns that improved their quality of life since they felt happy and satisfied with their bodies. Conclusions: Patients subject to bariatric surgery face various problems that require support and assistance from the health team to overcome them; they also acquire conduct and behavioural patterns that increase their self-esteem, self-confidence and enhance their quality of life.

Keywords : Morbid obesity; bariatric surgery; qualitative research; behavior.

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