- •In this analysis, only 35% of patients who underwent sleeve gastrectomy ever had an endoscopy, with the vast majority of endoscopies being performed in the first year before surgery.
- •There were high pre-operative diagnostic rates for gastro-esophageal reflux disease (54.9%), and esophagitis (14.6%) in this cohort.
- •Gastro-esophageal reflux disease symptoms decreased after surgery. However, in patients who had endoscopy, there was a high incidence of new diagnoses for reflux esophagitis (85% at 5 years) and Barrett’s esophagus (6.4% at 5 years).
- •Rates of post-operative reflux and Barrett’s esophagus are higher than expected given the pre-operative rates. It may be reasonable to increase endoscopic screening both pre- and post- operatively.
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This work was supported by National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute Grant UL1 TR002535 and by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease of the NIH under Award Number DK007038-45. Contents are the authors’ sole responsibility and do not necessarily represent official NIH views.