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Obes Surg. 1991 Sep;1(3):295-298.

Roux-Y Gastric Bypass: an effective anti-reflux procedure.

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Departments of Surgery and Medicine, Schumpert Medical Center and Physicians and Surgeons Hospital, Shreveport, LA 71101 USA.


Gastric limiting procedures have made an improvement in the lives of those patients in whom they have been successful. Not only have there been marked improvements in diabetes, hypertension, and arthritis, but there have been a number a number of other 'spin-offs', not the least of which is control of reflux esophagitis by totally eliminating the secretion of the parietal cell mass of the stomach from rising into the esophagus. We compared a group of 100 obese patients with reflux esophagitis who underwent Roux-Y gastric bypass (RYGBP) to a normalisized group of 23 patients on whom we had done Nissen fundoplications in the past. Visick grading I-II of 100% vs 87%, respectively, may indicate a superiority of RYGBP over the Nissen procedure. Although the groups and time periods are too divergent to draw statistically significant conclusions, one can see that the RYGBP population was apparently better served considering their cure of 'heartburn' and other reflux symptoms as well as their achievement of sustained weight loss.


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