Scars Matter: The Importance of Incision Decisions in Bariatric Patients

Andres Narvaez C, Camila Ortega, Gerardo Davalos, L. Kasey Welsh, Ramon Diaz Jara, Juan Esteban Perez, Jana Chtchetinin, Hui Jie Lee, Nicole Garzon, Kelli Friedman, Kunoor Jain-Spangler, Dana Portenier, Alfredo D. Guerron

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This study aims to determine if cosmetic outcomes play an important role for patients undergoing bariatric surgery, when considering a surgical approach. A video-animation describing open, conventional laparoscopic, and reduced incision magnetic assisted surgery was shown. The patient’s perceptions of the surgical approaches were recorded using an anonymous survey. Fifty-one patients completed the survey. The median age was 45 (IQR: 36–51), and 38 (74.5%) were women. Cosmesis was found to be an important factor (77%) for selecting a surgical approach. Ninety percent of the patients believe that reduced incision magnet-assisted surgery provides superior cosmesis. Cosmetic results may play a determinant role when choosing a surgical approach.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1611-1615
Number of pages5
JournalObesity Surgery
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2020


  • Bariatric surgery
  • Cosmesis
  • Magnet-assisted surgery
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Perceptions


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