The optimal surgical management of the super-obese patient: the debate. Presented at the annual meeting of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, Hollywood, Florida, USA, April 13-16, 2005

DeMaria, Eric J.; Schauer, Philip; Patterson, Emma; Nguyen, Ninh T.; Jacob, Brian P.; Inabnet, William B.; Buchwald, Henry
June 2005
Surgical Innovation;Jun2005, Vol. 12 Issue 2, p107
Academic Journal
journal article
Optimal management of the super-obese patient (body mass index>50 kg/m2) undergoing weight loss surgery in the new era of laparoscopic treatment is more controversial than ever before. Newer laparoscopic options for treatment of the super obese, including laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, sleeve gastrectomy, and staging of gastric bypass, are technically easier and may be safer. Concerns that weight loss may be suboptimal or that the procedures will require revision, or both, make these choices controversial. Open access/conversion for established procedures such as long-limb gastric bypass and biliopancreatic diversion with or without duodenal switch are the traditional alternatives when laparoscopic access fails or is deemed too difficult to undertake. The following debate was presented by invited experts in laparoscopic and open bariatric surgery at the 2005 Annual Meeting of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons in Florida. The presenters put forth arguments for the various modern options for treatment of the super obese, which are presented in written form. Interactive audience response technology provided a mechanism for polling the audience before and after the presentations. A review of the audience's responses provides insight into the decision-making considerations of a population of laparoscopically oriented bariatric surgeons.


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