Obesity Surgery

, Volume 27, Issue 8, pp 2026–2033 | Cite as

Effects of a Physical Activity Program on Cardiorespiratory Fitness and Pulmonary Function in Obese Women after Bariatric Surgery: a Pilot Study

  • Tatiana Onofre
  • Renata Carlos
  • Nicole Oliver
  • Amanda Felismino
  • Davi Fialho
  • Renata Corte
  • Eliane Pereira da Silva
  • Eudes Godoy
  • Selma Bruno
Original Contributions



In severely obese individuals, reducing body weight induced by bariatric surgery is able to promote a reduction in comorbidities and improve respiratory symptoms. However, cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) reflected by peak oxygen uptake (VO2peak) may not improve in individuals who remain sedentary post-surgery. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of a physical training program on CRF and pulmonary function in obese women after bariatric surgery, and to compare them to a control group.


Twelve obese female candidates for bariatric surgery were evaluated in the preoperative, 3 months postoperative (3MPO), and 6 months postoperative (6MPO) periods through anthropometry, spirometry, and cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPX). In the 3MPO period, patients were divided into control group (CG, n = 6) and intervention group (IG, n = 6). CG received only general guidelines while IG underwent a structured and supervised physical training program involving aerobic and resistance exercises, lasting 12 weeks.


All patients had a significant reduction in anthropometric measurements and an increase in lung function after surgery, with no difference between groups. However, only IG presented a significant increase (p < 0.05) in VO2peak and total CPX duration of 5.9 mL/kg/min (23.8%) and 4.9 min (42.9%), respectively.


Applying a physical training program to a group of obese women after 3 months of bariatric surgery could promote a significant increase in CRF only in the trained group, yet also showing that bariatric surgery alone caused an improvement in the lung function of both groups.


Bariatric surgery Cardiorespiratory fitness Peak oxygen uptake Physical training Obesity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tatiana Onofre
    • 1
  • Renata Carlos
    • 1
  • Nicole Oliver
    • 1
  • Amanda Felismino
    • 1
  • Davi Fialho
    • 1
  • Renata Corte
    • 1
  • Eliane Pereira da Silva
    • 2
  • Eudes Godoy
    • 3
  • Selma Bruno
    • 4
  1. 1.Cardiovascular and Metabolic Rehabilitation Laboratory, Postgraduate Physical Therapy ProgramFederal University of Rio Grande do NorteNatalBrazil
  2. 2.Integrated Medicine DepartmentFederal University of Rio Grande do NorteNatalBrazil
  3. 3.Surgery Service for Obesity and Related DiseasesUniversity Hospital Onofre Lopes, Federal University of Rio Grande do NorteNatalBrazil
  4. 4.Physical Therapy Department, Cardiovascular and Metabolic Rehabilitation Laboratory, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Campus UniversitárioNatalBrazil

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