To evaluate the long-term results of laparoscopic vertical banded gastroplasty (VBG) for morbid obesity.
Laparoscopic VBG, a safe and straightforward bariatric procedure characterized by good short-term results, has been progressively replaced by other more complex procedures on the basis of a presumed high rate of long-term failure. Nevertheless, some authors have recently reported long-term efficacy in selected patients.
All patients who underwent laparoscopic VBG were included in a prospective database. Patients reaching 10-year follow-up received a complete evaluation including clinical, endoscopic, and biochemical examinations.
Between January 1996 and March 1999, 266 morbidly obese patients underwent bariatric procedures. Among them, 213 were selected for laparoscopic VBG; exclusion criteria were as follows: contraindications to pneumoperitoneum, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and psychological contraindications to restrictive procedures. Mean age, preoperative weight, and body mass index were 36.9 years, 123.6 kg, and 45.4 kg/m2, respectively. Intraoperative complication rate and conversion rate were 0.9% and 0.9%, respectively. Early postoperative complication rate was 4.2% and early reoperation rate was 0.5%. Mean hospital length of stay was 6.3 days. Mortality was nil. The 10-year follow-up rate was 70.4% (150 patients). Late postoperative complication rate was 14.7%, and 10-year revisional surgery rate was 10.0%. The excess weight loss percentages at 3, 5, and 10 years were 65.0%, 59.9%, and 59.8%, respectively. The resolution and/or improvement rate for comorbidity were 47.5% for hypertension, 55.6% for diabetes, 75% for sleep apnea, and 47.4% for arthritis. Mean Moorehead-Ardelt Quality of Life Questionnaire and BAROS values were 1.4 and 3.8, respectively.
The present study demonstrates that laparoscopic VBG in carefully selected patients leads to long-term results comparable with more complex and invasive procedures. Given the low postoperative morbidity for laparoscopic VBG, its present clinical role should be, in our opinion, reevaluated.
Laparoscopic VBG in carefully selected patients leads to long-term results comparable to more complex and invasive procedures. Given the low postoperative morbidity of laparoscopic VBG, its present clinical role should be re-evaluated.
From the Digestive Surgery and Center for Minimal Invasive Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Turin, Italy.
Reprints: Mario Morino, MD, Digestive Surgery and Center for Minimal Invasive Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Torino, C.so A.M. Dogliotti 14, 10126 Turin, Italy. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.