The SAGES MASTERS program presents the 10 seminal articles for Roux-en-Y gastric bypass

Saniea F. Majid, Farah A. Husain, Yong Choi, Sujata Gill, Bruce Schirmer, Matthew Kroh, Marina Kurian

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Background: One of the eight clinical pathways of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) Masters Program is bariatric surgery which includes three anchoring procedures. For each anchoring procedure sentinel articles have been identified to enhance participant surgeon lifelong learning. Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) is one of the 3 anchoring procedures for the Bariatric Pathway. In this article we present the top 10 seminal articles regarding the RYGB which surgeons should be familiar with. Methods: The literature was systematically searched to identify the most cited papers on RYGB. The SAGES Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery committee reviewed the most cited article list and using expert consensus selected the seminal articles that every bariatric surgeon should read. These articles were reviewed in detail by committee members and are presented here. Results: The top 10 most cited sentinel papers on RYGB focus on operative safety, outcomes, surgical technique, and physiologic changes after the procedure. A summary of each paper is presented here, including expert appraisal and commentary. Conclusion: The seminal articles presented here have supported the widespread acceptance and use of the RYGB by bolstering the understanding of its mechanism of action and by demonstrating its safety and excellent patient outcomes. All bariatric surgeons should be familiar with these 10 landmark articles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6-15
Number of pages10
JournalSurgical endoscopy
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2022


  • Bariatric surgery
  • Laparoscopy
  • Obesity management
  • Roux-en-Y gastric bypass
  • Weight loss

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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