Diet and exercise seem to be the safer option for weight loss, but many individuals struggle to achieve maximum weight loss with these methods. Bariatric surgery has become a growing trend to help combat the obesity epidemic that society is now facing. A large increase in sleeve gastrectomy has been utilized and in 2013, there was a documented 468, 609 cases of bariatric surgery performed worldwide (Sherf Dagan et al., 2017). Bariatric surgery has been shown to provide the greatest level of weight loss when compared to traditional methods that include diet and exercise (Khan, 2016). Weight regain has been seen in up to 50% of patients two years after undergoing bariatric surgery and has been linked to postoperative dietary adherence and behaviors (McGrice & Paul, 2015). Obesity has also shown to be a financial and economic burden to individuals, societies, and healthcare systems. Obesity causes financial strains in the form of healthcare cost but also in terms of individuals who claim disability due to excessive body weight (Tremmel, 2017). The importance ensues with the use of bariatric surgery for the treatment of obesity to alleviate comorbidities and financial strains, and therefore, follow-up for this patient population is of utmost importance to ensure goals of weight loss and dietary adherence are met. Therefore, it is recommended that alternative methods such as the use of technology be integrated into the follow-up process to help bariatric surgery patients with dietary adherence and weight loss.
Date of publication
MSN Capstone Project
Rogers, Haley, "Technology Methods in the Bariatric Postoperative Follow-up Phase Benchmark Study" (2022). MSN Capstone Projects. Paper 185.