Obesity Surgery

, Volume 29, Issue 2, pp 569–578 | Cite as

A Higher Preoperative Glycemic Profile Is Associated with Rapid Gastric Emptying After Sleeve Gastrectomy for Obese Subjects

  • Po-Jen Yang
  • Mei-Fang Cheng
  • Wei-Shiung Yang
  • Ming-Shian Tsai
  • Po-Chu Lee
  • Chiung-Nien Chen
  • Ming-Tsan Lin
  • Ping-Huei TsengEmail author
Original Contributions



Recent reports have shown that sleeve gastrectomy (SG) accelerates gastric emptying (GE), but the etiology remains unclear. This study aimed to investigate the factors affecting GE before and after SG.


We enrolled 35 normal weight healthy subjects and 23 obese patients receiving SG. The normal individuals and obese patients before and 3 months after SG received oatmeal-based scintigraphy to measure GE. Gastrointestinal symptoms and circulating levels of peptide YY (PYY) were also measured.


There were no differences in the GE parameters, including simple half-time at 3 h and percentage of gastric retention at 0.5, 1, 2, and 3 h between healthy controls and pre-SG obese subjects. SG led to accelerated GE, more gastrointestinal symptoms, and increased fasting PYY levels postoperatively. Based on our previously established normal GE values, 18 (78.3%) obese patients with rapid postoperative GE had higher levels of preoperative fasting glucose and glycated hemoglobin, and homeostasis model assessment of the insulin resistance index than those with normal postoperative GE. Twelve (52.2%) obese patients had preoperative diabetes mellitus (DM), and only four (17.4%) remained diabetic after SG. The post-SG gastric retention at 0.5 and 1 h was lower in patients with preoperative DM than in those without preoperative DM. Neither severity of gastrointestinal symptoms nor fasting PYY levels were associated with postoperative GE alterations.


Most of the obese patients had accelerated GE after SG. A higher preoperative glycemic profile was associated with rapid post-SG GE.


Gastric emptying Sleeve gastrectomy Diabetes Obesity 



This project was supported in part by grants from the National Taiwan University Hospital (NTUH 105-M3266 and NTUH 107-S3776) and E-Da Hospital – National Taiwan University Hospital Joint Research Program (NTUH 106-EDN19).

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Conflict of Interest

All the contributing authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki Declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Po-Jen Yang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Mei-Fang Cheng
    • 3
  • Wei-Shiung Yang
    • 2
    • 4
    • 5
  • Ming-Shian Tsai
    • 6
    • 7
  • Po-Chu Lee
    • 1
    • 2
  • Chiung-Nien Chen
    • 1
    • 2
  • Ming-Tsan Lin
    • 1
  • Ping-Huei Tseng
    • 2
    • 5
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryNational Taiwan University HospitalTaipeiTaiwan
  2. 2.Center for Obesity, Life Style, and Metabolic SurgeryNational Taiwan University HospitalTaipeiTaiwan
  3. 3.Department of Nuclear MedicineNational Taiwan University HospitalTaipeiTaiwan
  4. 4.Graduate Institute of Clinical Medicine, College of MedicineNational Taiwan UniversityTaipeiTaiwan
  5. 5.Department of Internal MedicineNational Taiwan University HospitalTaipeiTaiwan
  6. 6.Department of SurgeryE-Da HospitalKaohsiungTaiwan
  7. 7.School of MedicineI-Shou UniversityKaohsiungTaiwan

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