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Ann Surg. 2011 Aug;254(2):267-73. doi: 10.1097/SLA.0b013e3182263b66.

Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass: significant long-term weight loss, improvement of obesity-related comorbidities and quality of life.

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Department of Surgery, Hôpital du Chablais, Aigle-Monthey, Switzerland.



To present long-term results of a large series of patients submitted to laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGBP) for morbid obesity.


Reports on long-term results of RYGBP are scarce and focus primarily on weight loss. Our aim is to provide mid- to long-term data of RYGBP, with detailed results on weight loss, evolution of comorbidities and quality of life, also using the BAROS score.


All patients who underwent a primary RYGBP for morbid obesity in our 2 hospitals between 1999 and August 2008 were included. Data were collected prospectively in a computerized database, and reviewed for the purpose of this study.


A total of 379 patients were included in the analysis of long-term results, 282 women, and 97 men, with a mean BMI of 46.3 kg/m². After 5 years, 74.9% of the patients achieved an excess weight loss of at least 50%, with a mean of 62.7% and 76.8% achieved a BMI <35 kg/m². The corresponding figures after 7 years were 64.9, 58.1, and 71.9, respectively. There was a small but significant long-term weight regain. All comorbidities improved markedly in the vast majority of patients, with no significant difference between the 3- and 5-year terms. Quality of life also improved markedly, and more than 95% of the patients had a good to excellent 5-year overall result according to the BAROS score.


Laparoscopic RYGBP for morbid obesity results in good and maintained weight loss up to 7 years in the majority of patients, improves quality of life and markedly improves all the evaluated comorbidities, resulting in good to excellent overall 5-year results in 97% of the patients according to the BAROS score.

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