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Revista de Salud Pública

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COFRE-LIZAMA, Alfonso; DELGADO-FLOODY, Pedro A.; SALDIVIA-MANSILLA, Claudia  and  JEREZ-MAYORGA, Daniel. Comprehensive diagnosis in patients with morbid obesity; candidates for bariatric surgery and suggestions for preoperative treatment. Rev. salud pública [online]. 2017, vol.19, n.4, pp.527-532. ISSN 0124-0064.


The purpose of the study was to analyze and describe the psychological, metabolic, anthropometric and physical condition of obese candidates for bariatric surgery. This is in order to determine the preoperative intervention.

Material and Methods

The population is made up of 24 obese candidates for bariatric surgery; five men and 19 women between 21 and 60 years old. The sample type is non-probabilistic, with non-randomised subjects chosen conveniently and volunteers. Psychological, anthropometric, metabolic and physical condition variables were evaluated.


The average age of participants corresponds to 41.0 years old. Low levels of empathic joy were observed. Anxiety symptoms presented an intermediate level: 62,5 % presented minimal depression, 29,1 % presented slight depression, and 8,4 % presented considerable depression. Body weight averaged 99.1 kg, height 1.6 meters, Body Mass Index (BMI) 39.3, the percentage of fat mass and contour waist averaged 41.1 118.0 centimeters in that order. With regards to plasma levels (mg / dl), the following were obtained: total cholesterol 192.9, 120.0 LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, 43.3, 182.3 triglycerides, glycerin to 105.9; and distance covered in 6 minutes was 511.9 meters.


The results provide information to determine best Preoperative intervention strategies; changing the lifestyles of patients, keeping the postoperative weight.

Keywords : Obesity; depression; anxiety; physical fitness; (source: MeSH, NLM).

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