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Laparoscope-Assisted Gastric Bypass Surgery to Treat Morbid Obesity

Effects of Laparoscopic Stomach Bypass For Morbid Obesity

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Results of Laparoscope-Assisted Gastric Bypass Surgery to Treat Morbid Obesity

Gastric bypass is one of the most commonly used surgical techniques for the management of morbid obesity. It is usually done as an open surgery procedure, and in recent years surgeons have begun to perform it via the laparoscopic approach. The aim of this paper is to describe our surgical technique for laparoscopic gastric bypass (LGBP) and present the short-term results.

Method

Between January 2000 and January 2002 we operated on 50 patients with morbid obesity who met criteria for bariatric surgery. The patients had a mean age of 34 years and a body mass index (BMI) of 47.

Results

Conversion was necessary in 4 of the 50 patients (8%). Mean operating time was 181 min, with a difference of 60 min between the first 10 and last 10 cases. There was a 26% rate of complications, 14% of which were early (%<% 30 days) and 12% late (%>%30 days). Mean hospital stay was 4.5 days.

Conclusion

Laparoscopic gastric bypass is a technique with good short-term results as far as weight loss is concerned, although it has one of the most complex learning curves in laparoscopic surgery. Surgeons who regard gastric bypass as the technique of choice for the surgical management of morbid obesity should consider performing it via the laparoscopic approach.

Source:
Lujan JA, Hernandez Q, Frutos MD, Valero G, Cuenca JR, Parrilla P. Departamento de Cirugia General, Hospital Universitario Virgen de la Arrixaca, 30120 EI Palmar, Murcia, Spain. 2002

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Laparoscopic or open bariatric surgery, such as gastric banding or bypass is not an easy solution to morbid obesity and weight loss. It is a serious surgical procedure, involving health risks. To produce lasting weight loss it requires a long-term patient commitment to eating a healthy diet and following a regular program of physical exercise. Life-long use of nutritional supplements may also be necessary. So, before deciding, discuss your options fully with your doctor. © 2003-2017 Bariatric-Surgery.Info - Terms - Contact - Information - Resources