Obesity Surgery

, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp 281–286 | Cite as

Hospital Discharge in the Day Following Open Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass: Is it Feasible and Safe?

  • Iran dos Santos MoraesJr.
  • Carlos Augusto Scussel Madalosso
  • Luis Amauri Palma
  • Adriana Cristina da Silva Fornari
  • Maria do Socorro Dourado
  • Tiago Scherer
  • Richard Ricachenevsky Gurski
  • Fernando Fornari
Research Article



Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGBP) either laparoscopic or open has been increasingly employed in the treatment of patients with morbid obesity. Laparoscopic approach is believed to be superior over open approach in terms of shorter hospital stay and easier recovery. We aimed to assess feasibility and safety of open RYGBP with short stay in comparison with laparoscopic RYGBP.


One hundred and ninety consecutive patients were assigned to open (n = 103) or laparoscopic (n = 87) RYGBP. The first 20 patients of the laparoscopic arm were excluded due to procedure learning curve. Patients were treated by a multidisciplinary team focused on successfully RYGBP with short stay (1 day).


Short stay was reached by 90% of patients operated with open approach and 81% by laparoscopy (P = 0.070). Discharge in the second day was reached by 97% of patients in both groups. Procedure length [(median (IQR)] was faster for open RYGBP [103 (70–180 min) vs. 169 (105–248 min); P < 0.0001]. Thirty-day readmission rate was similar between groups (3% vs. 7%; P = 0.266). There was no death in either group.


Short stay (1 day) following open gastric bypass was a feasible and safe procedure. This approach might have economic impact and might increase patient acceptance for open RYGBP.


Morbid obesity Gastric bypass Laparoscopy Length of stay Laparotomy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Iran dos Santos MoraesJr.
    • 1
    • 2
  • Carlos Augusto Scussel Madalosso
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Luis Amauri Palma
    • 1
    • 2
    • 4
  • Adriana Cristina da Silva Fornari
    • 1
  • Maria do Socorro Dourado
    • 2
  • Tiago Scherer
    • 2
  • Richard Ricachenevsky Gurski
    • 3
  • Fernando Fornari
    • 1
    • 2
    • 4
  1. 1.GASTROBESEPasso FundoBrazil
  2. 2.Hospital São Vicente de PauloPasso FundoBrazil
  3. 3.Post-Graduate Program in Surgery, School of MedicineUniversidade Federal do Rio Grande do SulPorto AlegreBrazil
  4. 4.School of MedicineUniversidade de Passo FundoPasso FundoBrazil

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