Scars Matter: The Importance of Incision Decisions in Bariatric Patients.


Journal Article

This study aims to determine if cosmetic outcomes play an important role for patients undergoing bariatric surgery, when considering a surgical approach. A video-animation describing open, conventional laparoscopic, and reduced incision magnetic assisted surgery was shown. The patient's perceptions of the surgical approaches were recorded using an anonymous survey. Fifty-one patients completed the survey. The median age was 45 (IQR: 36-51), and 38 (74.5%) were women. Cosmesis was found to be an important factor (77%) for selecting a surgical approach. Ninety percent of the patients believe that reduced incision magnet-assisted surgery provides superior cosmesis. Cosmetic results may play a determinant role when choosing a surgical approach.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Narvaez C, A; Ortega, C; Davalos, G; Welsh, LK; Jara, RD; Perez, JE; Chtchetinin, J; Lee, H-J; Garzon, N; Friedman, K; Jain-Spangler, K; Portenier, D; Guerron, AD

Published Date

  • April 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 30 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 1611 - 1615

PubMed ID

  • 31811624

Pubmed Central ID

  • 31811624

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1708-0428

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s11695-019-04251-2


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States