Obesity Surgery

, Volume 29, Issue 11, pp 3472–3477 | Cite as

Comparison of New Era’s Education Platforms, YouTube® and WebSurg®, in Sleeve Gastrectomy

  • Murat Ferhat FerhatogluEmail author
  • Abdulcabbar Kartal
  • Ali İlker Filiz
  • Abut Kebudi
Original Contributions



The Internet is a widely used resource for obtaining medical information. However, the quality of information on online platforms is still debated. Our goal in this quality-controlled WebSurg® and YouTube®–based study was to compare these two online video platforms in terms of the accuracy and quality of information about sleeve gastrectomy videos.


Most viewed (popular) videos returned by YouTube® search engine in response to the keyword “sleeve gastrectomy” were included in the study. The educational accuracy and quality of the videos were evaluated according to known scoring systems. A novel scoring system measured technical quality. The ten most viewed (popular) videos in WebSurg® in response to the keyword “sleeve gastrectomy” were compared with ten YouTube® videos with the highest educational/technical scores.


Scoring systems measuring the educational accuracy and quality of WebSurg® videos were significantly higher than ten YouTube® videos which have the most top technical scores (p < 0.05), and no significant difference was found in the assessment of ten YouTube® videos that have the highest technical ratings compared with WebSurg® videos (p 0.481).


WebSurg® videos, which were passed through a reviewing process and were mostly prepared by academicians, remained below the expected quality. The main limitation of WebSurg® and YouTube® is the lack of information on preoperative and postoperative processes.


Internet YouTube WebSurg Sleeve gastrectomy Continuing surgical education 


Authors’ Contributions

MFF, AcK collected the information, reviewed the literature, and wrote the manuscript. AIF and AK critically reviewed the manuscript and approved the final form. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Medicine, Department of General SurgeryOkan UniversityIstanbulTurkey

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