Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy for Morbid Obesity in 3003 Patients: Results at a High-Volume Bariatric Center

Nasser Sakran, Asnat Raziel, Orly Goitein, Amir Szold, David Goitein

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Background: Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) is gaining wide acceptance as a single surgical treatment for obesity. The reported morbidity and mortality rates are low. We herein report the results of LSG performed in a high-volume center by an experienced team. Methods: Retrospective analysis of a prospectively maintained database of all bariatric surgery (BS) was performed between May 2006 and December 2014. Data inspected included operative time, length of hospital stay (LOS), comorbidity resolution, re-operation, percent excess weight loss (%EWL), and 30-day morbidity and mortality. Results: In the study period, 3003 patients underwent BS (1901 (63 %) female). Mean age and body mass index (BMI) were 43 years (range 14–73) and 42.8 kg/m2 (range 35–73), respectively. %EWL at 1 year was 72 % (n = 937; 57 % follow-up rate). There was 1 perioperative mortality due to bleeding (0.03 %). Comorbidity improvement and resolution were 98 % for obstructive sleep apnea, 79 % for diabetes mellitus, 87 % for dyslipidemia, and 85 % for hypertension. Mean operative time and LOS were 50 min (range 32–94) and 2.2 days (range 1–38), respectively. Of the patients, 132 had complications (4.4 %), 25 leaks (0.83 %), 63 bleeding (2.1 %), 1 intra-abdominal abscesses (0.03 %), 3 sleeve strictures (0.1 %), 2 mesenteric vein thromboses (0.06 %), 10 trocar site hernias (0.3 %), and 78 symptomatic cholelithiasis (2.6 %). Re-operation was needed in 13 patients (0.43 %). Conclusion: In a high-volume center with an experienced team, LSG can be performed with low morbidity and mortality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2045-2050
Number of pages6
JournalObesity Surgery
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2016
Externally publishedYes

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  • Bariatric surgery
  • Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy
  • Morbid obesity


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