Results of Silastic Ring Vertical Gastroplasty More Than 6 Years after Surgery: Analysis of a Cohort of 214 Patients
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Background: Among the different techniques of surgical treatment for morbid obesity, silastic ring vertical gastroplasty (SRVG) is an alternative, effective and easily reproducible technique. The aim of this study is to evaluate a cohort of patients >6 years after SRVG for morbid obesity. Methods: From 1991 to 1996, 273 consecutive patients were eligible for SRVG. The evaluation criteria included weight loss, evolution of co-morbidities, long-term morbidities, satisfaction of patients and quality of life. Results: Among these 273 patients, 1 patient died in the postoperative period (0.4%). Postoperative morbidities occured in 27 patients (10%). The long-term follow-up involved 213 patients (78%). Late postoperative complications consisted of outlet stoma stenosis (14%), staple-line dehiscence (5.6%) and incisional hernia (8.5%). 23 patients (10%) needed a re-do operation. Co-morbidities drastically improved. BMI fell from 45.3 to 30.7. Failure of SRVG was statistically associated with male gender and super-obese patients. 69% of the patients were satisfied, and 73% would recommend this operation. Conclusion: SRVG is very effective in a selected group of morbidly obese patients.
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