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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 229-233

A prospective study of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease symptoms and quality of life 1-year post-laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy

Department of Upper GI Surgery, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK

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Peter J Lamb
Department of Upper GI Surgery, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, 51 Little France Crescent, Old Dalkeith Road, Edinburgh Eh16 4SA
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jmas.JMAS_43_18

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Introduction: There are concerns that laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) can cause severe gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD). The aim of this study was to assess GORD symptoms and quality of life following LSG. Methods: A prospective study of patients undergoing LSG (2014–2016) was performed with follow-up by DeMeester Reflux/Regurgitation Score, Bariatric Quality of Life Index (BQLI) and Bariatric Analysis and Reporting Outcome System (BAROS) Score pre-operatively, 6 months and 1-year post-operatively. Results: Twenty-two patients were studied. Mean modified DeMeester Reflux/Regurgitation Score improved from 2.25 (±0.67) pre-operatively to 0.81 (±0.25) at 12 months (P = 0.04). At 12 months, two patients had symptomatic reflux, but overall satisfaction score was unaffected. Mean BQLI Score underwent a non-significant improvement at 12 months. BAROS Score showed all patients to have excellent (n = 19) or very good (n = 3) results (12 months). Conclusion: GORD symptoms improve for most patients' 1-year post-operatively. A small proportion of patients will develop troublesome GORD, but overall satisfaction remains high.


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