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Invited Commentary
July 2018

Relationship Status After Bariatric Surgery: It’s Complicated

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Surgery, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison
  • 2William S. Middleton Veterans Affairs Memorial Hospital, Madison, Wisconsin
JAMA Surg. 2018;153(7):661-662. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2018.0216

Bariatric surgery is the most effective treatment for patients with severe obesity who are pursuing weight loss and resolution of obesity-related comorbidities.1 Multiple studies, including a 2017 systematic review2 and randomized clinical trial,3 have found that bariatric surgery is also associated with improvements in quality of life. However, negative psychosocial outcomes after bariatric surgery have been reported, including an increased risk of self-harm4,5 and substance use.6

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