Aim of the study: To explore any differences in weight-loss outcomes between rural versus urban citizens in patients who underwent laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG).
Design: A retrospective study.
Patient and methods: A sample of 270 patients (108 rural, 162 urban) who underwent (LSG) over a 1 year of follow-up.
Data collected included age, gender, pre-and postoperative body mass index (BMI) and percentage of total body weight loss (% TWL) at 3, 6 and 12 months.
Results: Patients from rural areas showed a greater (% TWL) at 3 months (p = 0.018) but there were no significant differences between groups at 6 and 12 months (p > 0.05).
Conclusion: Residence status is not a predictor of weight-loss outcomes at 12 months after (LSG).