Outcomes of Partnered Individuals Undergoing Bariatric Surgery Together: A Single Institution Case Series

Ambar Mehta, Susan Hutfless, Alex B. Blair, Megan Karcher, Stephanie Nasatka, Michael Schweitzer, Thomas Magnuson, Hien Tan Nguyen

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There exists marked variation in weight loss among the 200,000 annual bariatric patients, and many of these patients struggle with weight regain. Several studies have suggested that positive social support may significantly impact bariatric surgery outcomes, leading to more excess weight loss and maintenance of this weight loss through appropriate lifestyle changes. We sought to understand this by assessing clinical and behavioral outcomes among married couples whereby both spouses underwent bariatric surgery at our institution. In our case series, we found evidence that married couples meet or exceed postoperative weight loss milestones at 12, 18, and 24 months and did not show signs of weight regain as a group at 18 or 24 months. Among partners who underwent the same clinical pathway at our single institution, women tended to lose more weight than men at 12 months. Additionally, while there was significant variation in postoperative follow-up among patients, we found that partners within couples typically exhibited the same behavior with respect to postoperative visits when they had their surgeries within a year of each other. This case series suggests that partnered patients undergoing bariatric surgery can meet or exceed weight loss outcomes and may practice similar follow-up adherence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2207-2210
Number of pages4
JournalObesity Surgery
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2017


  • Bariatric surgery
  • Couples
  • Married
  • Outcomes
  • Weight loss

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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