Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy shown to be safe option for weight loss surgery

22 September 2016

A new US study has offered evidence supporting the effectiveness and safety of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy techniques for weight loss surgery.

This new analysis of the nationwide Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program database looked at 189,477 cases of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy performed by 1,634 surgeons between 2012 and 2014 to affirm its safety.

The process involves removing most of the stomach to limit the amount of food the patient can eat, with the surgeon dividing the stomach along its vertical length to create a long, slender pouch - or sleeve - and removing the remaining 80 per cent of the organ.

Accounting for 42 per cent of weight loss operations in the database, this increasingly popular technique was shown to help obese patients lose up to 70 per cent of their excess body weight during the 12 months following surgery.

However, it was also noted that the staple-line reinforcement technique used to divide the stomach was not always useful in preventing bleeding and leaking, and therefore may be unnecessary in many cases.

The study's authors concluded: "Surgeons should consider risks, benefits and costs of these surgical techniques when performing a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy and selectively utilise those that, in their hands, minimise morbidity while maximising clinical effectiveness."

Posted by Edward Bartel


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