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OBJECTIVE We sought to determine the impact of the addition of Dor fundoplication on the incidence of postoperative gastroesophageal reflux (GER) after Heller myotomy. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA Based only on case series, many surgeons believe that an antireflux procedure should be added to the Heller myotomy. However, no prospective randomized data support(More)
Esophageal shortening is a complication of advanced gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). For patients with short esophagus, Collis gastroplasty combined with fundoplication provides excellent symptomatic relief from GERD disease. The literature lacks studies comparing satisfaction and reflux symptoms between patients who underwent Nissen fundoplication(More)
Laparoscopic gastric bypass (LGB) has proven efficacy in causing significant and durable weight loss. However, the degree of postoperative weight loss and metabolic improvement varies greatly among individuals. Our study is aimed to identify independent predictors of successful weight loss after LGB. Socioeconomic demographics were prospectively collected(More)
Endoscopic treatment is merging as a new option for GERD treatment. Many modalities have been used with modest short-term success, but no long-term follow-ups have been published. We present our 3-yr experience at Vanderbilt University using endoscopic radiofrequency energy (Stretta procedure) for GERD treatment. Patients with follow-up >6 months were(More)
BACKGROUND We aimed to evaluate our learning curve comparing surgical time of laparoendoscopic single-site (LESS) banding with multiport laparoscopy. METHODS We performed a retrospective analysis of prospectively collected data comparing our first 48 LESS bands with our first 50 multiport laparoscopic bands at our institution. We then compared the first(More)
Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) has a very strong association with obesity. The aim of our study was to analyze the effects of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) surgery on the glucose metabolism in morbidly obese patients with T2DM. Morbidly obese patients (n = 117) with T2DM underwent measurements of fasting serum glucose and glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1C)(More)
BACKGROUND Quality of life is getting more attention in the medical literature. Treatment outcomes are now gauged by their effect on quality of life (QOL), along with their direct effect on diseases they are targeting. Similarly, in obesity, consensus has been reached on the importance of QOL as an independent outcome measure for obesity surgery along with(More)
INTRODUCTION Bariatric surgery has proven safe and effective for long-term weight loss in morbidly obese patients. Readmissions within 30 days of discharge have become an important metric for quality of care. Sleeve gastrectomy is a common bariatric procedure, but data regarding early readmission is sparse. The purpose of this study is to determine what, if(More)
The addition of a Dor antireflux procedure reduces the risk of pathologic gastroesophageal reflux (GER) by ninefold following laparoscopic Heller myotomy for achalasia. It is not clear, however, how these benefits compare with the increased cost of the fundoplication. The objective of this study was to estimate the cost-effectiveness of Heller myotomy plus(More)
BACKGROUND The effect of group education classes before a Lap-Band procedure has not been well defined. We hypothesized that in a Medicaid population, the completion of a standardized 12-week multidisciplinary preoperative program (SMPP) would significantly improve the preoperative and early postoperative weight loss. All procedures were performed at a(More)