Sjaak Pouwels

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Currently the effects of bariatric surgery are generally expressed in excess weight loss or comorbidity reduction. Therefore the aim of this review was to provide insight in the available prospective evidence regarding the short and long-term effects of bariatric surgery on Quality of Life (QoL) and a comparison with community norms. A systematic(More)
OBJECTIVES The impact of postoperative complications after Major Abdominal Surgery (MAS) is substantial, especially when socio-economical aspects are taken into account. This systematic review focuses on the effects of preoperative exercise therapy (PEXT) on physical fitness prior to MAS, length of hospital admission and postoperative complications in(More)
OBJECTIVES Several systematic reviews have focused on the role of preoperative exercise therapy (PET) in various fields of surgical care. Aims of the present scoping review are to summarize research findings and to identify gaps in existing literature. METHODS Two authors independently conducted a comprehensive literature search on systematic reviews(More)
The prevalence of obesity increases worldwide. The use of technology-based interventions can be beneficial in weight loss interventions. This review aims to provide insight in the effectiveness of technology-based interventions on weight loss and quality of life for patients suffering overweight or obesity compared to standard care. Pubmed, PsycInfo, Web of(More)
BACKGROUND The respiratory function is affected by obesity due to an increased deposition of fat on the chest wall. The objective of this study was to investigate the strength of the inspiratory respiratory muscles of obese individuals and the possible influence of bariatric surgery on it by measuring the maximum inspiratory pressure (MIP). METHODS(More)
BACKGROUND Bariatric surgery has a considerable effect on weight loss. A positive relation of exercise and weight loss has been described before. However, the mode of exercise and its timing pre- or postoperatively or a combination remains unclear. METHODS A multi-database search was conducted. Identified articles were reviewed on description of exercise,(More)
There have been several studies in the past depicting asymmetry in ‘normal’ human faces. Evidence supports the fact that the right hemisphere is superior in the recognition of emotions expressed by the human face and indicates a right hemispheric specialization for processing emotional information. The primary aim of this study is to determine whether there(More)
OBJECTIVES The impact of postoperative complications after lung surgery for cancer is substantial, with the increasing age of patients and the presence of comorbidities. This systematic review summarises the effects of Preoperative Exercise Therapy (PET) in patients scheduled for lung surgery on aerobic capacity, physical fitness, postoperative(More)
OBJECTIVES Anxiety and depression are seen among patients with facial paralysis (FP), but less is known about the exact prevalence. The aim of the current study is to assess the prevalence of anxiety and depressive disorders in the FP population and to investigate possible differences between patients with left- and right-sided FP. METHODS Fifty-nine(More)
Vitamin B12 dosage in multivitamin supplementation in the current literature is quite variable. There is no consensus about the optimal treatment of vitamin B12 deficiency. A systematic literature search on different supplementation regimes to treat perioperative vitamin B12 deficiencies in bariatric surgery was performed. The methodological quality of ten(More)