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28.07.2016 | Original Article | Ausgabe 1/2017

Irish Journal of Medical Science (1971 -) 1/2017

The role of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy as a treatment for morbid obesity; review of outcomes

Irish Journal of Medical Science (1971 -) > Ausgabe 1/2017
B. M. Moloney, D. A. Hynes, M. E. Kelly, A. Iqbal, E. O’Connor, D. Lowe, O. J. McAnena



Global prevalence of obesity has soared. Where lifestyle and medical treatments have failed, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) is increasingly regarded as a good surgical procedure for morbid obesity. Following the introduction of LSG, we assessed our surgical outcomes.


We reviewed a consecutive series of LSGs from January 2009 to January 2015. Our primary focus was to assess the success of this procedure on the percentage excess body weight loss (%EWL), Body Mass Index (BMI), hypertension and diabetes. Additionally, we evaluated the rate of procedure-related complications.


There were 183 consecutive patients evaluated. Median age was 45 years (24–73). The majority were female (73.2 %, n = 134). At 1 year post-op, median %EWL was 57.6 %. There was an associated median reduction in BMI of 16 kg/m2 (0–33). At 2 years, median %EWL was sustained at 58.4 %. The median reduction in BMI was 16 kg/m2 (4–32). At 2-year post-op, 78.9 % of diabetic patients had their diabetic medications completely discontinued, while a further 15.8 % having their medication reduced. 34.6 % of hypertensive patients had their antihypertensives discontinued, with 50 % having medications reduced. There was no procedure related mortality. 3.3 % (n = 6) of patients had a confirmed staple-line leak.


This study shows LSG is a safe and successful management strategy for morbid obesity. In addition to the direct effects of sustained weight loss, it highlights indirect effects that LSG has on obesity-related health issues, with substantial reduction in diabetic and anti-hypertensive medications. Our results reaffirm international studies of the beneficial effects of LSG on Type II diabetes and hypertension.

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