January 7, 2019

Incidence of reoperations after bariatric surgery

By: Judy Mathias
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Editor’s Note

Reoperations after bariatric surgery occurred mainly within the first 10 years, and revisional surgeries (ie, conversions, corrections, and reversals) were more common after banding and vertical banded gastroplasty than gastric bypass, this Swedish study finds.

In this analysis of 2,010 patients with 26 years of follow-up, first-time revisional surgery was common after banding procedures (40.7%) and vertical banded gastroplasty (28.3%), but fairly rare after gastric bypass (7.5%).

Those who had banding and vertical banded gastroplasty primarily converted to gastric bypass or reversal, and corrections were equally common irrespective of the index surgery.

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