Improvement in Obesity-associated Medical Conditions following Vertical Banded Gastroplasty and Gastrointestinal Bypass

Howard Bourdages, Fay Goldenberg, Phuong Nguyen, Henry Buchwald

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Abstract

Thirty-nine patients undergoing either Silastic® ring vertical banded gastroplasty (SRVG, n = 23) or Roux-en-Y gastrointestinal bypass (RGB, n = 16) over a 1-year period were analyzed retrospectively. Weight loss averaged 40 kg (89 lb). Clinical diabetes mellitus was markedly improved in seven out of nine patients (p = 0.023). Shortness of breath resolved in all 26 patients who had this condition preoperatively (p <0.001). Orthopaedic problems, high blood pressure, and self-assessment of general health and quality of life were also dramatically improved. We conclude that bariatric surgery serves as an effective method to alleviate a multitude of conditions associated with morbid obesity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)227-231
Number of pages5
JournalObesity Surgery: Including Laparoscopy and Allied Care
Volume4
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1994

Keywords

  • Bariatric surgery
  • gastrointestinal bypass
  • obesity
  • vertical banded gastroplasty

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