Changes in Sexual Patterns Following Vertical Banded Gastroplasty and Weight Loss
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Weight loss following vertical banded gastroplasty (VBG) is well established. Herein the effect of weight loss on sexuality was examined. Twenty-seven females and seven males (mean age 39 years) underwent VBG and returned completed questionnaires regarding preoperative and postoperative sexuality. There was a mean interval follow-up of 33 months, with a mean weight loss of 48.6 kg. In general, there was an overall increase in frequency, quality, and enjoyment of sex. Similarly, an improvement in body image, an increase in initiating sexual intercourse, and an increase in the number of sexual partners was found. A small number of patients developed psychosocial problems that limited sexual enjoyment. In conclusion, weight loss after VBG improves sexual life, though not uniformly, as new sexual problems can occur. Decreased sexual inhibition, increased sexual enjoyment and frequency, and increased frequency of orgasm characterizes many of the changes occurring after VBG with resultant weight loss. To help provide a holistic approach to the care of morbidly obese patients after VBG, the potential alterations in their sexual lives should be considered.
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