Sleeve gastrectomy matches gastric bypass in terms of weight loss and health benefitsBMJ 2018; 360 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k215 (Published 16 January 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k215
- Jacqui Wise
- London, UK
Sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass are overall fairly similar in terms of their effects on weight and comorbid conditions, according to three studies in a special obesity theme issue of JAMA.
Over the past decade, sleeve gastrectomy has replaced the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass as the procedure of choice in the management of patients with severe obesity. Sleeve gastrectomy—where a part of the stomach is removed—is a technically easier operation than the bypass procedure; however, there are less long term data supporting its use.
A large retrospective study shows that patients who underwent bariatric surgery had a lower rate of death from any cause over four years than patients who managed …