Sleeve Gastrectomy as a Bariatric Procedure

Updated Position Statement on Sleeve Gastrectomy as a Bariatric Procedure

Revised 10/28/11

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) has previously published two position statements on the use of sleeve gastrectomy (SG) as a bariatric procedure.These position statements were developed in response to inquiries made to the society by patients, physicians, hospitals, health insurance payers, the media, and others regarding new procedures or issues within our specialty that require close evaluation and evidence-based scrutiny. In the evolving field of bariatric surgery, it is periodically necessary to provide updated position statements based on a growing or changing body of evidence. The Clinical Issues Committee and Executive Council have determined that since the 2009 position statement on SG was issued, there have been substantial changes to the published literature regarding SG and that the number and quality of the publications evaluating SG warrant publication of an updated statement. Specifically, multiple studies evaluating comorbidity improvement after SG, comparative studies with other accepted bariatric procedures, and longterm outcome data have emerged since the 2009 position statement. Recommendations are made based on published, peer-reviewed scientific evidence and expert opinion. The statement Updated Position Statement on Sleeve Gastrectomy as a Bariatric Procedure 2 is not intended as and should not be construed as stating or establishing a local, regional, or national standard of care for any bariatric procedure…Read More

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