Quality-of-Life assessment after medial thighplasty in patients following massive weight loss

Nicolas Bertheuil, Sophie Thienot, Benoit Chaput, Audrey Varin, Eric Watier
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 2015, 135 (1): 67e-73e

BACKGROUND: The improvement of medial thighplasty techniques has greatly reduced the morbidity of these interventions and participated in their democratization among surgeons and patients. The aim of this study was to evaluate the beneficial effect of medial thighplasty on quality of life in patients following massive weight loss.

METHODS: The quality of life following massive weight loss after diet or bariatric surgery of 21 patients was measured using the Moorehead-Ardelt Quality of Life Questionnaire. Patients who underwent medial thighplasty following a percentage of weight loss greater than 20 percent of the body weight were included.

RESULTS: The mean age of the patients was 49.9 ± 8.7 years. The average pre-medial thighplasty body mass index was 28.4 ± 4.8 kg/m and the average weight loss before surgery was 46 ± 17.1 kg. In our study, medial thighplasty improved the quality of life of patients (mean quality-of-life scores, 1.49 ± 1.3; e.g., self-esteem, physical status, social life, and improved labor conditions of patients). However, the quality of the sex life of the patient was not improved by this operation. No difference was found in quality-of-life results between patients according to the number of months since they had undergone surgery (p = 0.7252).

CONCLUSIONS: Medial thighplasty improves the aesthetic and functional outcome of the thigh. The authors report, for the first time, that medial thighplasty improves quality of life of patients with massive weight loss. With the worldwide development of obesity, this study demonstrated that the operation should be widely proposed to patients with massive weight loss to improve quality of life.


Full Text Links

Find Full Text Links for this Article


You are not logged in. Sign Up or Log In to join the discussion.

Related Papers

Remove bar
Read by QxMD icon Read

Save your favorite articles in one place with a free QxMD account.


Search Tips

Use Boolean operators: AND/OR

diabetic AND foot
diabetes OR diabetic

Exclude a word using the 'minus' sign

Virchow -triad

Use Parentheses

water AND (cup OR glass)

Add an asterisk (*) at end of a word to include word stems

Neuro* will search for Neurology, Neuroscientist, Neurological, and so on

Use quotes to search for an exact phrase

"primary prevention of cancer"
(heart or cardiac or cardio*) AND arrest -"American Heart Association"

We want to hear from doctors like you!

Take a second to answer a survey question.