Histological alterations following bariatric surgery: pilot study

Obes Surg. 2008 Oct;18(10):1305-7. doi: 10.1007/s11695-008-9503-1. Epub 2008 Apr 18.


Background: Macroscopic clinical evidence of tissue damaging following bariatric surgery pushed plastic surgeons to presume microscopic alterations as well.

Methods: Five preliminary cases studied randomly, and compared with healthy tissues, confirmed these initial suspects. A deeper and wider study has then been structured.

Results: Preliminary results are so evident to encourage us to carry on an estimated 2-3 years multidisciplinary study.

Conclusions: What we want to study is if histological post-bariatric alterations are confirmed, and if these can be considered responsible for higher complication rate in body contouring following bariatric surgery.

MeSH terms

  • Abdominal Fat / pathology*
  • Abdominal Fat / surgery
  • Abdominal Wall / pathology*
  • Abdominal Wall / surgery
  • Adult
  • Bariatric Surgery*
  • Biliopancreatic Diversion*
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Dermis / pathology*
  • Dermis / surgery
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Obesity, Morbid / pathology*
  • Obesity, Morbid / surgery
  • Pilot Projects
  • Reconstructive Surgical Procedures
  • Time Factors