A subset of patients does not report improvement of symptoms or satisfaction after antireflux surgery.
Dr Yano and colleagues from Nebraska, USA assessed the effect of pre-existing depression as a factor in patient satisfaction and gastrointestinal quality of life index outcomes after antireflux surgery.
Patients undergoing antireflux surgery who had filled a preoperative quality of life score and had more than 1 year follow-up were included in this study.
|22% in Group 1 had psychological disorder|
|Diseases of the Esophagus|
Based on available history and self-reported medication use, patients were divided in 2 groups.
Group 1 included those with depression, and Group 2 included those without depression.
The researchers noted that 54 patients with completed preoperative gastrointestinal quality of life index questionnaire were contacted for this study.
The research team reported that 59% of patients completed the postoperative questionnaire.
The team noted that 22% of patients in Group 1 had psychological disorder in the form of depression.
The gastrointestinal quality of life index in Groups 1 and Group 2 increased significantly from 64 and 90 to 89 and 102, respectively, after the surgery.
Dr Yano’s team concludes, “There was significant improvement in the quality of life in patients after antireflux surgery based on the gastrointestinal quality of life index assessment.”
“We noted that this improvement was also reported in patients with history of depression.”