Original article| Volume 7, ISSUE 3, P290-294, May 2011

Primary and revisional laparoscopic adjustable gastric band placement in patients with hiatal hernia

Published:August 27, 2010DOI:


      Limited evidence exists regarding the outcomes of patients undergoing laparoscopic adjustable band placement (LAGB) with hiatal hernia (HH) and concomitant hiatal hernia repair (HHR). The present study evaluated the safety, efficacy, and cost-effectiveness of primary LAGB (pLAGB) and revisional LAGB (rLAGB) in patients with HH.


      The University HealthSystem Consortium is an alliance of >100 academic medical centers and nearly 200 affiliate hospitals. The University Health System Consortium database was queried for patients undergoing LAGB with and without HH from 2006 through 2009.


      The patients undergoing rLAGB had a significantly greater prevalence of HH than patients undergoing pLAGB (18.9% for pLAGB with HH versus 26.3% for rLAGB with HH; P <.001). The mortality (.04% for pLAGB without HH versus 0% for pLAGB with HHR; P >.05), morbidity (3.39% pLAGB without HH versus 2.63% for pLAGB HHR; P >.05), and length of stay (1.33 ± 2.25 days for pLAGB without HH versus 1.17 ± 0.56 days for pLAGB with HHR; P >.05) were comparable in the patients undergoing pLAGB with or without HHR. A trend was seen toward increased morbidity in patients undergoing rLAGB HHR than in those undergoing pLAGB HHR (2.63% for pLAGB HHR versus 13.33% for rLAGB HHR; P = .08). The length of stay (1.17 ± 0.56 days for pLAGB HHR versus 1.73 ± 1.49 days for rLAGB HHR; P <.01) and hospital costs ($12,178 ± 4451 for pLAGB HHR versus $14,616 ± 3538 for rLAGB HHR; P = .04) were increased for the rLAGB HHR group compared with the pLAGB HHR group.


      The results of the present study have demonstrated the safety of HHR concomitant with pLAGB. In addition, rLAGB was associated with increased morbidity and cost. These data suggest the safety, efficacy, and cost-effectiveness of crural repair of HH simultaneously with pLAGB.


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