Bariatric surgery and adverse pregnancy outcome: Complicating or curative?

Anatte Karmon, Eyal Sheiner

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    Bariatric surgery, a highly effective weight loss treatment, decreases the risk of certain obesity-related complications in patients who choose to undergo it. In recent years, case reports and reviews have raised concern regarding the outcomes of pregnancy after bariatric surgery, linking this procedure to complications such as intrauterine growth restriction, fetal malformation, and maternal surgical complications. Systematic studies have generally refuted these associations and demonstrated that bariatric surgery is not only safe, but also may improve obstetric outcomes in comparison to obese populations. The data on fertility after weight loss surgery are less clear cut, and conclusions may be influenced by factors such as persistent obesity and history of infertility in post-bariatric surgery patients. This chapter aims to summarize the recent research on pregnancy after bariatric surgery, with a particular focus on systematic studies and clinical recommendations.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationObesity in Pregnancy
    Subtitle of host publicationA Comprehensive Guide
    PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
    Number of pages15
    ISBN (Print)9781617286124
    StatePublished - 1 Jan 2011

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (all)
    • Medicine (all)


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