Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy: Outcomes at a military training center

Robert D. Rice, Todd E. Simon, Jason M. Seery, James D. Frizzi, Farah A. Husain, Yong U. Choi

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Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) has gained support as a single-staged and stand-alone bariatric procedure. Reports of excess weight loss of 35 to 83 per cent, reduction in comorbidities, and decreased operative morbidity have garnered support for LSG. This study represents an initial outcome analysis of LSG performed solely at a military treatment center. This study is a retrospective analysis of all patients receiving LSG at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center from September 2007 to December 2009. The patients were planned for a stand-alone procedure. One hundred and fifteen patients received LSG over this time period with a mean body mass index of 45.5 ± 6.2 (range 35.1-58.3). The average age was 47.4 ± 12.5 years. Diabetes mellitus was seen in 47 per cent and 68 per cent of patients had hypertension. The mean and median length of operation was 124 ± 48 and 115.5 minutes. The mean percentage of excess weight loss was 16.6 ± 6.40 per cent at 1 month, 31.5 ± 7.6 per cent at 3 months, 41.2 ± 13.9 per cent at 6 months, and 53.7 ± 12.5 per cent at 1 year from surgery. One or more of patient's preoperative diabetic or hypertensive medications were improved postoperatively in 18.7 per cent and 16.3 per cent, respectively. Incidence of major complications occurred in 4.35 per cent of patients in this study to include four leaks (3.4%), one death (0.87%), and 10 readmissions. Midterm analysis of outcomes related to LSG as a single-stage bariatric procedure is promising as long-term outcome data is collected; the efficacy of this procedure as a sole bariatric procedure will continue to be borne out.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)835-840
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Surgeon
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2010
Externally publishedYes

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  • Surgery


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