Obesity Surgery

, Volume 29, Issue 1, pp 54–60 | Cite as

Effectiveness, Compliance, and Acceptability of Preoperative Weight Loss with a Liquid Very Low-Calorie Diet Before Bariatric Surgery in Real Practice

  • Kamthorn Yolsuriyanwong
  • Komdej Thanavachirasin
  • Kimberly Sasso
  • Lauren Zuro
  • Jessica Bartfield
  • Eric Marcotte
  • Bipan Chand
Original Contributions



A preoperative very low-calorie diet (VLCD) is a common method to reduce weight before bariatric surgery. However, patient compliance and acceptability are not always known. The aim of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness, compliance, and acceptability of our regimen in a metropolitan academic quaternary care center.


Patients with a BMI < 50 kg/m2 and a BMI ≥ 50 kg/m2 were instructed to be on a liquid VLCD for 1 week and 2 weeks, respectively. The primary outcome was the amount of weight loss. Secondary outcomes were patient compliance and acceptability of either regimen using a questionnaire for hunger, satisfaction, desire, and deviation for solids.


The study included 128 patients. Ninety-four patients were in the BMI < 50 kg/m2 group, and 34 patients were in the BMI ≥ 50 kg/m2 group. The BMI ≥ 50 kg/m2 group had a greater percentage of total weight loss (mean ± SD) than that of the BMI < 50 kg/m2 group without statistical differences (4.4 ± 1.3% vs. 3.8 ± 1.6%, p = 0.072). There were no statistical differences between the groups in terms of hunger, satisfaction with a liquid diet, or satisfaction of eating over drinking. However, hunger sensation (median [IQR]) tended to be higher in the BMI < 50 kg/m2 group than that in the BMI ≥ 50 kg/m2 group (2 [2] vs. 2 [2, 3]; p = 0.06). There was no statistical difference in the percentage of patient compliance between the groups (75.5% [n = 71] vs. 61.8% [n = 21], p = 0.18).


Preoperative liquid VLCD provided a modest amount of weight loss and showed a high rate of patient compliance and acceptability.


Preoperative weight loss Very low-calorie diet Weight loss surgery Bariatric surgery Compliance Acceptability Hunger Satisfaction 



The authors would like to thank the entire staff of Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery & Bariatric Care at Melrose Park, IL, U.S.A. for helping with the data retrieval and providing the essential information. We would also like to thank Ms. Nannapat Pruphetkeaw from the Epidemiology Unit, Faculty of Medicine, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand, for her assistance in performing the statistical analysis of the data and Mr. Glenn Shingledecker, in the Office of International Affairs, Faculty of Medicine, Prince of Songkla University for the proofreading and language support.

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Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

Ethical Approval Statement

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 Statement

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


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kamthorn Yolsuriyanwong
    • 1
    • 2
  • Komdej Thanavachirasin
    • 1
  • Kimberly Sasso
    • 3
  • Lauren Zuro
    • 3
  • Jessica Bartfield
    • 1
  • Eric Marcotte
    • 1
  • Bipan Chand
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Surgery, Division of GI/Minimally Invasive SurgeryLoyola University Medical Center, Stritch School of MedicineMaywoodUSA
  2. 2.Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Songklanagarind HospitalPrince of Songkla UniversitySongkhlaThailand
  3. 3.Loyola University Medical CenterMaywoodUSA

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