Weight Loss Surgery: Through the Patients Eyes

Expectation and Experience of the Bariatric Surgery Pathways in South Yorkshire - Lay Summary

Obesity rates in the UK have doubled over the last 25 years making it a priority for public health. Obesity has serious health risks and social consequences. Financial costs to society are estimated to be up to as much as £15.8 billion with UK NHS costs for treating obesity related conditions £4.2 billion. Therefore investing in obesity treatments could produce massive cost savings as well as improving individual's health. Bariatric surgery is a recommended cost effective treatment for people with severe obesity. Two hospitals in South Yorkshire provide bariatric surgery for patients who meet set criteria, however the experience they have before and after surgery may vary. There has been little research to explore patient experience and how this may differ from their expectations and therefore their quality of life.

This study uses qualitative methods (interviews and photos) to capture the views of patients before and after bariatric surgery. The study will be conducted in South Yorkshire. This study aims to explore the expectations and experiences of patients undergoing bariatric surgery. Findings will inform service delivery, the development of future pathways and the services patients use before and after their weight loss procedure. 15 patients undergoing bariatric surgery will be recruited to the study on referral to the consultant surgeons. Patients will be interviewed at 3 stages of their surgery journey:

  • On first referral to the hospital clinics before they have met with the surgical team
  • 3 months after their surgery
  • 9 months after their surgery

Before each interview participants will also be asked to complete 2 quality of life questionnaires and be given a simple task that involves taking photographs. These photographs will be used as a guide in each interview. Data will be analysed using the established Framework Analysis method. 

For further information please contact:

Catherine Homer,
 Centre for Health and Social Care Research, Sheffield Hallam University 
Tel: 0114 2255815
Email: c.homer@shu.ac.uk