Obesity Surgery

, Volume 29, Issue 4, pp 1416–1419 | Cite as

Exercise Training Does Improve Cardiorespiratory Fitness in Post-Bariatric Surgery Patients

  • Andréa L. G. da SilvaEmail author
  • Amanda V. Sardeli
  • Larissa D. André
  • Richard Severin
  • Claudio R. de Oliveira
  • Chandra Hassan
  • Audrey Borghi-Silva
  • Shane A. PhillipsEmail author
Brief Communication


Although exercise is recognized as an important component of the management for patients following bariatric surgery (BS), its effectiveness on cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) is still unclear. To investigate this relationship between BS and CRF, a systematic review was conducted in the MEDLINE database. The literature search included studies involving exercise training in patients following BS. A total of 306 studies were identified, 7 met the criteria and were included in the meta-analysis. Exercise training was found to result in a moderate and significant increase in VO2max (SMD = 0.430, 95% CI 0.157; 0.704, p = 0.002) following BS. The results from this meta-analysis indicate that exercise training can significantly improve CRF. Further research is needed to determine the ideal training duration and exercise training parameters for patients following BS.


Bariatric surgery Exercise training Cardiorespiratory fitness 


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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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All procedures were in accordance with good clinical practice and within the Declaration of Helsinki.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andréa L. G. da Silva
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Amanda V. Sardeli
    • 3
  • Larissa D. André
    • 2
    • 4
  • Richard Severin
    • 2
  • Claudio R. de Oliveira
    • 5
  • Chandra Hassan
    • 6
  • Audrey Borghi-Silva
    • 4
  • Shane A. Phillips
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Physical Education and HealthUniversity of Santa Cruz do Sul (UNISC)Santa Cruz do SulBrazil
  2. 2.Department of Physical Therapy, Integrative Physiologic Laboratory, College of Applied Health SciencesUniversity of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)ChicagoUSA
  3. 3.Laboratory of Exercise Physiology - FISEX, Faculty of Physical EducationUniversity of Campinas (UNICAMP)CampinasBrazil
  4. 4.Cardiopulmonary Physiotherapy Laboratory, Nucleus of Research in Physical ExerciseFederal University of São Carlos (UFSCar)São CarlosBrazil
  5. 5.Department of MedicineFederal University of São Carlos (UFSCar)São CarlosBrazil
  6. 6.Division of General, Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery, Department of SurgeryUniversity of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)ChicagoUSA

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