The Forgotten Element in the Resumption of Elective Bariatric Surgery During the COVID-19 Pandemic: the Patient Consent!

The Forgotten Element in the Resumption of Elective Bariatric Surgery During the COVID-19 Pandemic: the Patient Consent!
Brief Communication
Mohammed Said, Hosam Hamed
Obesity Surgery, 19 September 2020
Abstract
Safety comes first, and the sympathy with the postponed bariatric patients should not come at the expense of the proper standard of care. This study presents a survey of 266 bariatric candidates who were rescheduled for bariatric surgery after postponement during the COVID-19 pandemic. The aim was to assess their knowledge and expectations regarding bariatric surgery and the risk of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection. A total of 233 (87.6%) candidates believed that they were prone to a higher risk of severe SARS-CoV-2 infection, and 24.4% of them believed that bariatric surgery, during the pandemic, would improve their immunity. A total of 27.8% of candidates attributed the responsibility regarding potential perioperative SARS-CoV-2 infection to the medical personnel, and 10.7% of them believed it to be the surgeon’s responsibility.

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