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Gastric Bypass And Laparoscopic Reflux Surgery Gaining Popularity

Surgical procedures of the gastrointestinal tract such as gastric bypass and laparoscopic reflux surgery for treatment of obesity and gastroesophageal reflux// disease respectively, are becoming popular, highlights a study presented at the Digestive Disease Week, which represents the largest gathering of researchers and physicians from different medical fields such as gastroenterology, endoscopy, gastrointestinal surgery and hepatology. Such procedures provide relief for a number of gastrointestinal disorders, with the distinct advantage of being safe and effective for most patients.

Bariatric Surgery at the Extremes of Age [Abstract M1549]

Approximately 17 percent of children and adolescents and 32 percent of adults in the United States are considered obese, with obesity among adolescents and older adults rising dramatically. While gastric surgeries are soaring in popularity, the safety and efficacy of the surgery for certain patient populations has been questioned. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, evaluated the long-term risks associated with gastric surgery in both adolescents (12-18) and elderly patients (60 and older) and found them to be considerably lower than previously reported.

In this study, researchers selected 167 patients to undergo Roux-en-Y gastric surgery: 12 adolescents (12-18) and 155 older adults (60-76). In Roux-en-Y gastric surgery, the stomach is separated into two parts with the smaller pouch receiving food intake. The food pouch is then connected to the small intestine to create a new gastric outlet. Patients in both age groups were afflicted with serious obesity-related health conditions, including Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, severe hypertension, sleep apnea, joint arthropathy and asthma.

The three-year follow-up of adolescents showed an average body mass index (BMI) decrease from 55 to 36, an 82 percent reduction in obesity-induced diseases and health conditions, and importantly, no d
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