Predictors of complication and suboptimal weight loss after laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass: a series of 188 patients

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Department of Cell Biology; Information Services, Academic Computing Services; Department of Surgery



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Adult; Aged; Anastomosis, Roux-en-Y; Clinical Competence; Constriction, Pathologic; Female; *Gastric Bypass; Humans; Laparoscopy; Male; Middle Aged; Postoperative Period; *Weight Loss


Gastroenterology | Surgery


HYPOTHESIS: An analysis of patients undergoing laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) may identify factors predictive of complication and of suboptimal weight loss.

DESIGN: Inception cohort.

SETTING: Metropolitan university hospital.

PATIENTS: One hundred eighty-eight consecutive patients with severe obesity who met National Institutes of Health consensus guidelines for bariatric surgery.


MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Complications requiring therapeutic intervention and percentage of excess body weight lost at 1 year after surgery.

RESULTS: Of the 188 patients who underwent laparoscopic RYGB, 50 (26.6%) developed complications that required an invasive therapeutic intervention, including 2 deaths. The average follow-up was 351 days (range, 89-1019 days). Multivariate analysis by stepwise logistic regression identified surgeon experience, sleep apnea (P =.003; odds ratio, 3.0; 95% confidence interval, 1.3-7.1), and hypertension (P =.07; odds ratio, 2.0; 95% confidence interval, 1.0-4.0) as predictors of complications. The most common complication requiring therapeutic intervention was stricture at the gastrojejunal anastomosis, occurring in 27 patients (14.4%). Of the 115 patients who underwent surgery more than 1 year previously, 1-year follow-up data were available for 93 (81%). The body mass index (weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters) decreased from 53 +/- 8 preoperatively to 35 +/- 6 at 1 year. The mean +/- SD percentage of excess body weight lost at 1 year was 61% +/- 14%. Diabetes mellitus was negatively correlated with percentage of excess body weight lost at 1 year (P =.06).

CONCLUSIONS: Surgeon experience, sleep apnea, and hypertension are associated with complications after laparoscopic RYGB. Diabetes mellitus may be associated with poorer postoperative weight loss.

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Citation: Arch Surg. 2003 May;138(5):541-5; discussion 545-6. Link to article on publisher's site

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