Seven Year Weight Loss Examined for Roux-en-Y, Laparoscopic Bariatric Sx

Mean weight loss of 38.2 kg (28.4%), 18.8 kg (14.9%) 7 years after RYGB, LAGB
Mean weight loss of 38.2 kg (28.4%), 18.8 kg (14.9%) 7 years after RYGB, LAGB

HealthDay News — Different weight loss patterns are observed following Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) and laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB), with much of the weight loss maintained over time, according to a study published online December 6 in JAMA Surgery.

Anita P. Courcoulas, MD, MPH, from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and colleagues examined long-term weight change and health status among 2,348 participants, of which 1,738 underwent RYGB and 610 underwent LAGB; follow-up weight was obtained for 1,300 of 1,569 participants eligible for a year-7 visit. 

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The researchers found that the mean weight loss was 38.2kg or 28.4% of baseline weight at 7 years after RYGB; mean weight regain was 3.9% between years 3 and 7. Mean weight loss was 18.8kg or 14.9% of baseline weight 7 years after LAGB, with regain of 1.4%. There were 6 distinct weight change trajectory patterns for RYGB and seven for LAGB. Seven years following both procedures, dyslipidemia prevalence was lower than at baseline; prevalence of diabetes and hypertension was lower following RYGB only. Of those with diabetes at baseline, the proportion in remission at 1, 3, 5, and 7 years was 71.2, 69.4, 64.6, and 60.2%, respectively, for RYGB, and 30.7, 29.3, 29.2, and 20.3%, respectively, for LAGB.

"Following bariatric surgery, different weight loss patterns were observed, but most participants maintained much of their weight loss," the authors write.

Several authors disclosed financial ties to the pharmaceutical and nutrition industries.

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