Virtual Conference
Khalid Waleed Alkuwaity

Khalid Waleed Alkuwaity

King Fahad Hospital, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Title: A case report of severe osteomalacia in a young patient after bariatric surgery


Obesity can promote several metabolic, cardiovascular, and musculoskeletal complications and has been associated with poor quality of life. The treatment of obesity can range from simple lifestyle modifications or medications to complicated bariatric surgeries. Although bariatric surgery has been a proven treatment for morbid obesity, it has also been associated with multiple consequences and complications. Several reports and studies have revealed bone loss or decreased bone mineral density (BMD), fractures, or even several metabolic bone diseases, such as osteoporosis, following bariatric surgery. This case report aims to increase awareness on postoperative patient supplementation compliance and incorporation of early detection and intervention. This case report involves a 39-year-old male who underwent laparoscopic biliopancreatic diversion 10 years prior to presentation. The patient was not compliant with his supplements for over nine years, which lead to multiple fragility fractures, myopathy, and muscle atrophy due to hypocalcemia, vitamin D deficiency, hyperparathyroidism, and other electrolyte disturbances. Patient has since been treated with supplements and physiotherapy for 10 months and showed clinical improvement. This case report highlights the importance of pre- and postoperative screening of bone loss risks and any vitamin or mineral deficiencies with subsequent correction via supplements. Moreover, it emphasizes the need for more studies on the complications of late post-bariatric surgeries.


Khalid Alkuwaity has completed his MBBS at King Faisal University, KSA. He was graduated with an honor of the deanship list. And then he joined in Orthopedic Residency program at King Fahad Hospital Hufuf on 2019.