IFSO report: the future of gastric bypass

A session at IFSO’s 27th World Congress in New Delhi, India, concentrated on the latest modifications and developments to the laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass.

Khaled Gawdat introduced the findings from a prospective non-randomised study examining the safety and efficacy of using a band to prevent the dilatation of the micro-pouch in the gastric bypass operation. Following 294 patients for up to 12 years, Gawdat said that the weight loss was more powerful and more sustained at all year points.

The 294 patients were placed into two groups. The first, consisting of 97 patients, had a traditional non-banded Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, while the second group of 197 had a micro-bypass with a Sapala-Wood style micro-pouch. 16 cases were excluded, after their pouches were judged to be too large, or post-operative factors altered their weight loss.

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