Obesity Surgery

, Volume 27, Issue 8, pp 2129–2137 | Cite as

The Effect of a Muscle Weight-Bearing and Aerobic Exercise Program on the Body Composition, Muscular Strength, Biochemical Markers, and Bone Mass of Obese Patients Who Have Undergone Gastric Bypass Surgery

  • Luciana Campanha-Versiani
  • Danielle Aparecida Gomes Pereira
  • Giane Amorim Ribeiro-Samora
  • Adauto Versiani Ramos
  • Maria Fatima H. de Sander Diniz
  • Luiz Armando De Marco
  • Maria Marta Sarquis Soares
Original Contributions



The effect of an exercise program on the body composition, muscular strength (MS), biochemical markers, and bone mineral density (BMD) of individuals undergoing gastric bypass is unclear. We assessed lean mass (LM), MS, bone remodeling markers, and BMD before and after supervised weight-bearing and aerobic exercise training in obese patients who underwent Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB).


This study included 37 obese patients (81.1% women, mean age 38.2 years, mean body mass index 42.4 ± 0.5 kg/m2). Whole body densitometry was used to evaluate pre- and postoperative BMD, total body fat, and LM. Serum calcium, parathyroid hormone, 25-hydroxyvitamin D, and bone remodeling markers were measured. MS was determined through the concentric 10 repetition maximum test. Postoperatively, participants were divided into two groups: the training group, who followed an exercise program (TG, n = 18), and the control group, who did not (CG, n = 19).


After 1 year, the TG showed a lower decrease in total BMD and at the lumbar spine and right hip compared with the CG (p < 0.001). The TG had lower mass reduction and an increase in upper limb LM compared with the CG (both p < 0.05). There was no significant difference between groups in bone markers or calcium metabolism. MS was higher in the TG than the CG (p < 0.05).


The supervised exercise program attenuated lumbar spine and right hip BMD loss and improved LM in the arms and overall MS but did not affect bone remodeling.


Muscle strength Exercise Obesity Bone Bariatric surgery Bone remodeling Densitometry Body composition 



We thank Dr. Marcelo Girundi from Instituto Interdisciplinar de Saúde do Obeso (IISO), Belo Horizonte, Brazil, for this advice and support.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


This study was supported by Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de Minas Gerais (FAPEMIG) and Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES).

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki Declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed Consent

Written informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luciana Campanha-Versiani
    • 1
  • Danielle Aparecida Gomes Pereira
    • 2
  • Giane Amorim Ribeiro-Samora
    • 2
  • Adauto Versiani Ramos
    • 3
  • Maria Fatima H. de Sander Diniz
    • 2
  • Luiz Armando De Marco
    • 2
  • Maria Marta Sarquis Soares
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.ICBS, University Center’s of Belo Horizonte (UNI-BH)Belo HorizonteBrazil
  2. 2.Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG)Belo HorizonteBrazil
  3. 3.Felício Rocho HospitalBelo HorizonteBrazil

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