Analysis of Portuguese language blogs about bariatric surgery: key doubts of internauts regarding the postoperative period

  • Lívia Moreira BarrosEmail author
  • Natasha Marques Frota
  • Thiago Moura de Araújo
  • Michelle Tellez
  • Heloisa Helena Peres Ciqueto
  • Joselany Áfio Caetano
Original Article



The Internet, particularly blogs have become an important tool for patients to disseminate and exchange information on a variety of health topics, including bariatric surgery. By virtue of its interactivity being free of judgement from health care providers, blogs expose gaps in patients’ knowledge and understanding.


This study analyzes the main doubts expressed in blogs by patients in the postoperative period of bariatric surgery.


This is a qualitative exploratory study of 11 blogs of patients, who underwent bariatric surgery, that were available on the Internet between October 2013 and May 2017. The data were collected through a structured instrument and analyzed according to Bardin’s suggestions. The sampling method used was intentional.


Evolution of diet, weight loss, plateau effect, weight regain, physical exercises, physiological changes, complications, use of contraceptive and pregnancy were the main areas of concern.


More needs to be done to educate and prepare bariatric patients for the postoperative period. The content found in blogs serves towards building better links with patients, helps them make better decisions, and provides them an opportunity to be active participants in their own treatment.


Bariatric surgery Internet Information Postoperative period 


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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Research involving human participants and/or animals

The authors certify that this research complied with ethical standards consistent with the Helsinki declaration.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lívia Moreira Barros
    • 1
    Email author
  • Natasha Marques Frota
    • 1
  • Thiago Moura de Araújo
    • 2
  • Michelle Tellez
    • 3
  • Heloisa Helena Peres Ciqueto
    • 4
  • Joselany Áfio Caetano
    • 5
  1. 1.Graduate Program in NursingFederal University of Ceará (UFC)FortalezaBrazil
  2. 2.Nursing DepartmentUniversity of International Integration of the Afro-Brazilian Lusophony (UNILAB)RedençãoBrazil
  3. 3.University of California, East BayConcordUSA
  4. 4.University of São Paulo (USP)São PauloBrazil
  5. 5.Nursing DepartmentUFCFortalezaBrazil

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