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Minerva Chirurgica 2007 April;62(2):83-91


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Laparoscopic approach to morbid obesity: personal experience of 250 gastric bypasses. Analysis of different techniques and results

Parini U., Fabozzi M., Brachet Contul R., Lale Murix E., Millo P.

Department of General Surgery Valle d’Aosta Regional Hospital, Aosta, Italy


Aim. Severe obesity is a major health problem affecting more than 1 000 000 people in Italy, with a 95% failure rate of nonsurgical treatments. We report our over five-years experience with laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (LRYGBP), evaluating the postoperative course of the patients undergoing 3 different gastro-esophageal anastomosis technique: Gagner procedure (87 cases) (34.8%), the purse-string approach (93 cases) (37.2%), robotic-assisted gastric bypass (68 cases) (27.2%) and by laparoscopic hand sewn anastomosis (2 cases) (0.8%).
Methods. Between October 2000 and February 2006, we performed LRYGBP on 250 patients (77 male and 173 female aged from 16 to 65 years [mean age 43.1 years] and with an average body mass index of 51.1 kg/m2 [35-99]). Comorbidities were: hypertension, type II diabetes, hyperlipemia, osteoarthritis, chronic restrictive pulmonary insufficiency, sleep apnea, deep venous thrombosis.
Results. The mean operative time was 142.3 min (80-420) with a mean hospitalization of 9.8 days (5-44). Eighteen major complications were recorded. There were no deaths. The mean percent excess body weight loss was 47.2±18.2% after 1 year (212 patients), 66.2± 19.4% after 2 years (178 patients), 78.2±12.4% after 3 years (139 patients), 80.6±11.7% after 4 years (101 patients), and 82.5±10.2% after 5 years (67 patients). Nearly all of the comorbidities were solved or improved. Bariatric analysis and reporting outcome system results after 5 years were excellent, good or fair in 100% of the subject evaluated.
Conclusion. Although requiring the skill of an expert surgeon, LRYGBP is one of the most effective procedure available today to induce long-term weight loss, with limited nutritional risks and better prospects for improved quality of life.

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