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KUHN, Andressa de Almeida; ZUCCO, Débora  and  SANTOS, Laura Jurema dos. Functional and respiratory conditions in the postoperative bariatric surgery. Aletheia [online]. 2018, vol.51, n.1-2, pp. 108-116. ISSN 1413-0394.

The number of bariatric surgeries in recent years has been growing steadily, however, studies shows that this alternative treatment makes individuals more susceptible to lung changes. The objective was to evaluate the functional and respiratory conditions caused by bariatric surgery. We performed a test to evaluate functional capacity of lower limbs from the six-minute step test, peripheral muscle strength according to the Medical Research Council scale and also a manovacuometry test to evaluate respiratory muscle strength in the preoperative and in the 5th postoperative period. Twenty-five patients were evaluated during the study. There was a decrease in functional capacity of lower limbs and a loss of expiratory respiratory muscle strength in the postoperative period. It was concluded that there is a decrease in functional capacity and expiratory muscle strength in the postoperative period of bariatric surgery, it is suggested a respiratory and peripheral training protocol for these patients.

Keywords : Bariatric surgery; obesity; physical therapy specialty.

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