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Information Sciences Letters

Information Sciences Letters

Abstract

Background: Bariatric surgery has long been acknowledged as the most effective long-term treatment for severe obesity and overweight. Among the different bariatric surgeries, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) has become the most commonly performed treatment in the world. However, data regarding the expected effects of this treatment still need more investigation. Objective: The current research aimed at investigating the expected positive and negative effects of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) including the health- related, social and psychological effects. Methods: The sample consisted of 327 participants of those who underwent laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy operations, whether Saudis or non- Saudis who reside in Saudi Arabia. Following the descriptive analytical design, the research utilized a questionnaire as a research instrument administered to patients underwent LSG. The research was conducted during the academic year 2020/2021. Results: Results showed that the research participants agreed on the health- related, social and psychological effects of LSG. The statement “My health became better after surgery” ranked first in the subscale of health- related effect. Meanwhile, the statement “I feel that my life has better improved after surgery” ranked first in the subscale of social effect of LSG. Further, the statement “I feel happy after performing operation” ranked first in the subscale of psychological effect of LSG. Conclusion: The research results indicated some health- related, social and psychological effects of LSG. Therefore, insightful follow-up and ongoing evaluation of the expected effects of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy as well as increasing patients’ awareness on healthcare practices are highly recommended.

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