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Perioperative Online Weight Monitoring in Bariatric Surgery with a Digital Internet-Connected Scale

Authors
  • Tenhagen, Mark1
  • van Ramshorst, Gabriëlle H.1
  • Demirkiran, Ahmet1
  • Hunfeld, Michiel A. J. M.1
  • Cense, Huib A.1
  • 1 Red Cross Hospital, Department of Surgery, Beverwijk, Netherlands , Beverwijk (Netherlands)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Obesity Surgery
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Mar 19, 2016
Volume
26
Issue
5
Pages
1120–1126
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s11695-016-2136-x
Source
Springer Nature
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Abstract

IntroductionStrict follow-up after bariatric surgery is an important factor in achieving and maintaining weight loss, whereas regaining weight is the most important threat in long-term follow-up. Stagnation in weight loss or weight regain can be signals of early treatment failure. The aim of this study is to assess the possibility of obtaining frequent objective weight measurements using an Internet-connected home weighing scale.MethodsInternet-connected home weighing scales were used to perform weekly follow-up in bariatric surgery patients during the first postoperative year. For each patient, weight measurements were registered and excess body weight loss was calculated. This follow-up method was deemed successful if weight measurements were available for 80 % of all weeks in the first year.ResultsA total of 14 patients started the protocol. Seven patients (50 %) performed weekly weight measurements for at least 80 % of all weeks in the first year. One-year follow-up was available for 11 patients. Excess weight loss was >50 % in nine (82 %) of these patients and >40 % in the remaining two.ConclusionsUsing an Internet-connected weighing scale at home is feasible in postsurgery bariatric patients. It can provide the treating physicians with valuable information about weight loss over time. This could possibly offer opportunities for timely interventions during follow-up in case of insufficient weight loss or weight regain.

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