"Man blir opererad i magen men det sitter egentligen i huvet"
: En kvalitativ studie kring livskvalitet hos magsäcksopererade kvinnor i viktminskningssyfte

Translated title of the thesis: “You get surgery in the stomach but the real problem is in the head”
  • Diana Welin

    Student thesis: Bachelor



    Background: Obesity and overweight leads to complications and problems with secondary diseases is increasing every year. A method for the treatment of obesity and obesity is becoming more common is gastric banding that restricting food intake.

    Objective: The aim of the study was to find out how gastric surgery informants themselves reason about their experiences in dealing with their quality of life in relation to gastric banding as a method for weight loss. How to get the knowledge to deal with her ​​new life and how they feel that they can handle their new lifestyle?

    Method: The study was qualitative and was based on semi-structured interviews with five women who have undergone stomach surgery to lose weight. The interviews were analyzed using qualitative content analysis.

    Results: The interviews revealed that an operation is the last resort when other options for weight loss have failed. Living with obesity means being exposed to stigma and a low quality of life. The knowledge they need to manage their new lifestyle are not from health care, but it provides on the internet in forums with other gastric surgery.

    Conclusion: The quality of life improved after a gastric surgery, but information about how the new life and what can be expected and any problems that arise are up to the individual to learn. An increased understanding and coordinated methods needs to be developed for more health promotion work in the public health system.

    Date of Award2013-Jun-24
    Original languageSwedish
    SupervisorIngemar Andersson (Supervisor), Bo Nilsson (Supervisor), Göran Ejlertsson (Examiner) & Alli Klapp (Examiner)

    Educational program

    • Study Programme in Health Promotion and Education

    University credits

    • 30 HE credits

    Swedish Standard Keywords

    • Medical and Health Sciences (3)


    • obesity surgery
    • life quality
    • weight loss
    • health
    • overweight
    • gastric bypass

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