Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy in patients with NASH-related cirrhosis: A case-matched study

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      Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (SG) is a validated procedure for the surgical treatment of morbid obesity. Cirrhosis is often considered a relative contraindication to elective extrahepatic surgery. The objective of this study was to evaluate the morbidity related to SG performed in cirrhotic patients compared with noncirrhotic patients.


      Between March 2004 and January 2013, we included all patients with cirrhosis undergoing SG (13 patients). These patients (SG-cirrhosis group) were matched in terms of preoperative data (age, gender, body mass index, and co-morbidities) on a 1:2 basis, with 26 noncirrhotic patients (SG group) selected from a population of 750 patients. Cirrhosis was diagnosed postoperatively on histologic exam. The primary endpoint was the overall postoperative complication rate. Secondary endpoints were operating time, revisional surgery rate, gastric fistula and bleeding rates, postoperative mortality, and weight loss over a 24-month period.


      The SG-cirrhosis group consisted of 13 patients with a median age of 52 years. All patients in the SG-cirrhosis group were Child A. Etiology of cirrhosis was related to NASH in 93.3%. Median operating time in the SG-cirrhosis group and SG group was 75 minutes versus 80 minutes (P = .59). No postoperative mortality was observed in either group. The overall postoperative complication rate was 7.7% versus 7.7% (P = 1). The major complication rate was 0% versus 7.7% (P = .22), and the postoperative gastric fistula rate was 0% versus 3.8% (P = .47). No complications related to cirrhosis were reported.


      SG can be performed in Child A cirrhosis with no increased risk of postoperative complications and no specific complications related to cirrhosis. Weight loss for patients with cirrhosis undergoing SG is similar to that observed in noncirrhotic patients.


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