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Robot-Assisted Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass for Super Obese Patients: A Comparative Study.
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PMID:  23188477     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Superobese patients (SO) (body mass index (BMI) ≥ 50 kg/m(2)) represent a real surgical challenge and the best management remains debatable. While the safety of a laparoscopic approach has been questioned for this population, robotics has been introduced in the armamentarium of the bariatric surgeon, yet its role remains poorly assessed, especially for a very high BMI. The study aim is thus to report our experience with robot-assisted Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) for SO. From July 2006 to May 2012, 288 consecutive robot-assisted RYGB procedures have been performed at a single institution. All data were collected prospectively in a dedicated database. Among those patients, 41 were SO (14.2 %). All the peri- and postoperative parameters were compared to the morbidly obese (MO) group (BMI < 50). Data have been reviewed retrospectively. The SO group presented a higher ASA score and more male patients. The operative time was similar between both groups, yet there were more conversions in the SO group (two versus one for MO; p = 0.05). The morbidity and mortality rates were similar between both groups. The length of stay was longer for the SO population (7 vs. 6 days; p = 0.03). The percent BMI loss was similar at 1 year (34 vs. 34 %; p = 1), but the percent excess BMI loss was higher for the MO group (83 vs. 65 % for the SO group; p = 0.0007). Robot-assisted RYGB can be performed safely for SO, with complication rates and functional results at 1 year comparable to MO, yet this approach for SO has been associated with a slightly increased conversion rate and length of stay.
Nicolas C Buchs; François Pugin; Gilles Chassot; Francesco Volonte; Pascale Koutny-Fong; Monika E Hagen; Philippe Morel
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-11-27
Journal Detail:
Title:  Obesity surgery     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1708-0428     ISO Abbreviation:  Obes Surg     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-11-28     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9106714     Medline TA:  Obes Surg     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Clinic for Visceral and Transplantation Surgery, Department of Surgery, University Hospital of Geneva, Rue Gabriel-Perret-Gentil 4, 1211, Geneva, Switzerland,
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