Outcome of gastroplasty and gastric bypass in a single centre in the UK


Morbid obesity is defined as BMI>40 kg/m2. It affects 124,000 men and 412,000 women in England and Wales (NICE, July 2002). According to NICE guidelines, Bariatric surgery is indicated if the treatments for obesity such as exercise, diet and drugs fail. Procedures include laparoscopic gastric banding (LGB), vertical banded gastroplasty (VBG), and Gastric Bypass (GB). The aim of this audit was to determine if NICE guidelines on the use of Bariatric surgery in the Manor Hospital, Walsall was being adhered to. Secondary aims were also to establish if Bariatric surgery is achieving its goal in the long-term and if weight reduction is being maintained in this group of patients. A retrospective cohort study was carried out on patients who underwent Bariatric surgery between 1990 and 2004. Retrieved records were scrutinised and the following parameters were collated: pre-operative morbidities, intra and post-operative complication rates and weight reduction on follow-up. 129 patients were operated on in the 14 year period. For VBG, 40 out of 105 patients had weight gain by the 5th follow-up visit. This compared with 5 out of 18 patients after the same timescale for the GB group and 1 out of 6 in the LGB group. The most common post-operative complication was stenosis (28% of VBG group). Bariatric surgery is relatively safe as an intervention for morbid obesity. Weight loss however is not maintained in the long term. VBG and LGB are short term interventions. Further research is required to look into the merits of gastric bypass surgery.

DOI: 10.1186/1756-0500-2-181

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@article{Okoro2008OutcomeOG, title={Outcome of gastroplasty and gastric bypass in a single centre in the UK}, author={Tosan Okoro and Martin Sintler and Amanat Khan}, journal={BMC Research Notes}, year={2008}, volume={2}, pages={181 - 181} }