American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

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Released June 25, 2015

Avoid an open approach for primary bariatric surgical procedures.

Compared to an open surgical approach, laparoscopy offers several advantages including shorter hospital length of stay, and decreased morbidity and mortality.


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How The List Was Created

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) initially solicited expert opinion from surgeons who are members of the Clinical Issues Committee. This committee is responsible for drafting guidelines and position statements for the ASMBS. We also received input from the Executive Council of the ASMBS to narrow the original list down to those with highest priority.

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Sources

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Banka G, Woodard G, Hernandez-Boussard T, Morton JM. Laparoscopic vs open gastric bypass surgery: differences in patient demographics, safety, and outcomes. Arch Surg. 2012 Jun;147(6):550-6.

Reoch J, Mottillo S, Shimony A, Filion KB, Christou NV, Joseph L, Poirier P, Eisenberg MJ. Safety of laparoscopic vs open bariatric surgery: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Arch Surg. 2011 Nov;146(11):1314-22.

Lancaster RT, Hutter MM. Bands and bypasses: 30-day morbidity and mortality of bariatric surgical procedures as assessed by prospective, multi-center, risk-adjusted ACS-NSQIP data. Surg Endosc. 2008 Dec;22(12):2554-63.

Nguyen NT, Goldman C, Rosenquist CJ, Arango A, Cole CJ, Lee SJ, Wolfe BM. Laparoscopic versus open gastric bypass: a randomized study of outcomes, quality of life, and costs. Ann Surg. 2001 Sep;234(3):279-89.

Nguyen NT, Ho HS, Palmer LS, Wolfe BM. A comparison study of laparoscopic versus open gastric bypass for morbid obesity. J Am Coll Surg. 2000 Aug;191(2):149-55.