Turkish Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2017 , Vol 63 , Num 4

Bilateral peroneal neuropathy after bariatric surgery: A case report

Zuhal Özişler 1 ,Müfit Akyüz 1 ,Elif Yalçın 1
1 Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Ankara Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Training and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey DOI : 10.5606/tftrd.2017.670 The popularity of bariatric surgery (BS) began to increase due to the dramatic rise in severe obesity in the past decades. Postoperative follow-up after BS is important to avoid possible medical complications. Therefore, medical complications after BS should be well-known and defined. Herein, we present a case of bilateral peroneal neuropathy (PN) developed after successful BS. The patient lost 40 kg during 16 weeks of follow-up. The foot drop developed after 18 weeks after surgery on the left side and than 24 weeks after surgery on the right side. Peroneal neuropathy-associated weight loss is usually unilateral. Bilateral PN with weight loss is uncommon. The rate of weight loss is an important risk factor for PN. This case report highlights the importance of optimal dietary after BS to control the weight loss rate and nutrient deficiency. Keywords : Bariatric surgery; foot drop; gastric banding; peroneal neuropathy; weight loss