, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 250-254
Date: 01 Jun 2000

Silastic Ring Vertical Gastroplasty— Long-term Results and Complications

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Background: Silicone ring vertical gastroplasty (SRVG) in some reports is associated with significant morbidity and a tendency to regain weight in the late postoperative period. The present study aims to evaluate our long-term results, along with early and late postoperative complications. Methods: The early and late postoperative complications of 300 patients undergoing SRVG and followed for an average of 3.2 years, were reviewed retrospectively .The pre- and post-operative weight and body mass index (BMI) were recorded in a subgroup of 131 patients with an average follow-up of 5.2 years. Results: Early postoperative complications occurred in 99 patients (33.1%), with mortality of one patient (0.3%).Vomiting was the most common late complication, occurring in 49.3%. Re-operation was performed in 19.7% of the patients, mostly for the repair of postoperative ventral hernia. Long-term results following SRVG showed a decrease in weight from 131 ± 25 kg to 94 ± 23.2 kg, and BMI decreased from 46.1 ± 8.1 kg /m2 to 32.9 ± 7.4 kg/m2. Excess body weight loss was 58.5 ± 39.8% . Conclusions: Most patients (76%) reported their satisfaction following SRVG. Long-term results revealed a significant and sustained weight loss, mild complications and low mortality rate.