The BAPRAS screening tool for reimbursement in a postbariatric population

V M Monpellier, C E E de Vries, I M C Janssen, E S J van der Beek, A B Mink van der Molen, M M Hoogbergen, B van der Lei

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INTRODUCTION: Reimbursement of body-contouring surgery (BCS) is a worldwide problem: there is no objective instrument to decide which postbariatric patients should qualify for reimbursement. The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) has developed a screening tool for this purpose. In this study, we used a modified version of this screening tool in a postbariatric population and describe which patients would qualify for reimbursement using this tool.

METHODS: In this cross-sectional study postbariatric patients were asked to fill in an online questionnaire based on the BAPRAS screening tool with questions regarding complaints of overhanging skin and medical history. Weight loss data were extracted from a prospective database. The BODY-Q was added to assess patient-reported outcomes.

RESULTS: Patients who wanted to undergo BCS (n = 90) had higher screening tool scores and lower BODY-Q scores compared to patients who did not want BCS (n = 24). In total, 25 patients (26%) qualified for reimbursement, these patients had higher weight loss (33.5% versus 29.2%, p = 0.008), lower BMI (27.3 kg/m2 versus 30.4 kg/m2, p = 0.014) and more medical (4.0 versus 2.0, p = 0.004) and psychological complaints (88% versus 61%, p = 0.009). There was a significant, negative correlation between the screening tool scores and almost all BODY-Q scales.

CONCLUSIONS: Patients with a desire for BCS have more complaints of excess skin, which negatively impacts their well-being. With the modified BAPRAS screening tool, patients with the best weight (loss) and most medical and psychological complaints of excess skin qualified for referral and reimbursement of BCS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1159-1165
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020


  • Body contouring surgery
  • Massive weight loss
  • Post-bariatric patients
  • Quality of life
  • Reimbursement


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