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Abstract

Background: As obesity affects different dimensions of health, psychosocial wellbeing of patients can be predicted to significantly improve after bariatric surgery.

Method: This qualitative study focused on determining the experience of patients who underwent bariatric surgery and the psychosocial impact of it on their daily lives and provides nurses with detailed information regarding patients’ experience. While some of these outcomes were in line with the literature, they have also revealed new aspects and provided deeper understanding regarding individuals’ experiences.

Results: Five themes were identified: limitations in physical activity, social isolation due to negative body image, increased self-esteem, change in romantic relations and fear of weight regain.

Conclusion: It is necessary for individuals to be supported for long-term postoperative complications, nutritional state and eating disorders. Nurses can support patients to set achievable goals and realistic expectations in order to obtain satisfactory patient results.

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