A group of researchers led by the University of Michigan Healthcare found that of the most common weight loss surgeries, sleeve gastrectomy is safer than gastric bypass surgery.
The results of the study are published in the journal JAMA Surgery.
Five years after each procedure, patients who underwent sleeve gastrectomy, which involves removing part of the stomach, had a lower risk of death and complications than those who chose to split their stomach into pouches with gastric bypass surgery.
However, gastric bypass was better in one area: patients with sleeve gastrectomy were more likely to require subsequent surgery, which may indicate that gastric bypass is more effective in the long term, although it carries a greater risk.
“It is really important for patients to understand the risk of serious problems such as death, complications and hospitalization after these two procedures because it helps them decide which type of bariatric surgery to choose,” said Ryan Howard, MD, resident of general surgery. … in Michigan Medicine and the first study author.
“You can imagine a scenario in which the patient is not at risk, and so even if sleeve gastrectomy does not result in such significant weight loss, they may want to because it is safer surgery,” Howard added.
“On the other hand, if the patient has many comorbidities and the bypass is of great clinical benefit, it may be worth the risk,” Howard concluded.
Short-term studies have shown that sleeve gastrectomy is a safer choice, but this study is one of the largest to analyze the results of two operations over a longer period of time.
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