In the Queue for Bariatric Surgery: A Phenomenology of Waiting

  • Author / Creator
    Glenn, Nicole Marie
  • Purpose: To explore the lived-experiences of waiting to have bariatric surgery. Research Question: What is it to wait for bariatric surgery? Methods & Participants: I responded to this question using a human science approach to phenomenology of practice. I conducted multiple, in-depth, phenomenological interviews with seven participants recruited from a publically funded bariatric clinic in Western Canada. Experiential sources (i.e., interview transcriptions, written experiential descriptions) were analyzed guided by the phenomenological reflection, reduction and writing practices. Texts (‘Findings’): This inquiry resulted in three manuscripts through which I explored different meaning-aspects of the phenomenon of waiting to have weight loss surgery. The first text, Making Contact: Experiences From the Weight Loss Surgery Clinic, focused on experiences of contact within the pre-bariatric surgical period. I questioned the ethical significance of relational encounters that occurred within the wait drawing on the writings of philosophers Alphonso Lingis and Emmanuel Levinas. The second text, Phenomenological Insights on Mandatory Weight Loss and the Wait to Have Bariatric Surgery, explored experiences of a pre-surgical requirement that weight loss be achieved prior to surgical approval. I questioned the ethical and practical significance of the practice. In the final text, Phenomenological Insights and Metaphor: Building a House As the Wait to Have Bariatric Surgery, I considered the experience of waiting to have bariatric surgery through the metaphor of house building drawing on insights cultivated through philosophical writings on house, home and building to understand the possible meaning of the experience. Concluding Comments & Significance: The findings from these three studies share a common thread of considering the experience of waiting within the context of weight loss surgery. Through these texts I explored possible experiential realities from an ethical perspective often pushing the reader to question – what is good versus what is right (for the individual receiving care)? As such, the texts are of particular relevance to clinicians working in bariatric medicine. The studies also address a significant gap in the bariatric surgical literature, as there is little qualitative research in the field and particularly with regards to patient experiences of the pre-surgical period.

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    Doctor of Philosophy
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    University of Alberta
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    • Physical Education and Recreation
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Cameron, Brenda (Supervisory Committee Member; Nursing)
    • Raine, Kim (Co-Supervisor; Public Health)
    • Spence, John C. (Supervisor; Physical Education and Recreation)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Smith, Stephen (External Examiner; Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University)
    • McDermott, Lisa (Physical Education and Recreation)
    • Cathy, Adams (Secondary Education)