Irish Journal of Medical Science

, Volume 179, Issue 1, pp 17–22

Laparoscopic bariatric surgery for morbid obesity: the first hundred cases in an Irish centre


    • Department of SurgerySt Columcille’s Hospital
  • H. Gallagher
    • Department of AnaesthesiaSt Columcille’s Hospital
  • J. O’Connell
    • Department of EndocrinologySt Columcille’s Hospital
  • D. O’Shea
    • Department of EndocrinologySt Columcille’s Hospital
  • J. Geogheghan
    • Department of SurgerySt Columcille’s Hospital
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11845-009-0413-6

Cite this article as:
Smith, F.M., Gallagher, H., O’Connell, J. et al. Ir J Med Sci (2010) 179: 17. doi:10.1007/s11845-009-0413-6



This study evaluated outcomes for the first 100 bariatric surgical procedures in a single, publicly funded Irish centre.


This was a retrospective, chart-based study. Demographics and comorbidities of patients, peri- and post-operative outcomes and health benefits obtained by surgery were assessed.


In total, 87 patients underwent Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedures, 11 underwent sleeve gastrectomies and 2 underwent duodenal switch. The first 13 operations were done as open procedures. Of the remaining 87 cases, 85 were started laparoscopically. Postoperatively, 2 laparotomies were performed for bleeding and 2 patients developed incarcerated incisional hernias that required repair. The 30-day readmission rate was 6% of which 2 patients required emergency surgery. There was one postoperative mortality from cardio-respiratory failure.


This series audits the introduction of a publicly funded bariatric service in Ireland and reports a high percentage of procedures completed laparoscopically with an acceptable morbidity and mortality.



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