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Clinical characteristics vary between women and men in 67,524 patients with moderate obesity preoperative for laparoscopic adjustable gastric band (LAGB)

Advances in Obesity, Weight Management & Control
Christopher Bashian, Jandie Schwartz, Luke Perry, Gus J Slotman

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Background: As of 2018, LAGB represents <2% of weight loss operations, but with excellent long-term outcomes in selected patients. Thus, every clinical insight can help in selecting LAGB patients and planning surgery. While more women than men undergo bariatric surgery, differences between the sexes in obesity-related clinical conditions pre- operatively among patients seeking LAGB have not been investigated. The objective of this study was to identify variations in obesity-related co-morbidities among women and men who chose laparoscopic adjustable gastric band (LAGB).

Methods: Pre-operative data on 53,292 women and 14,222 men undergoing LAGB were examined retrospectively from the Surgical Review Corporation’s Bariatric Outcomes Longitudinal Database (BOLD).

Results: Women were more frequently African American and on Medicaid while men were more frequently Caucasian insured with Medicare. Men were older, heavier, and used alcohol, tobacco, and illicit substances more frequently. Men had higher rates of cardiovascular and pulmonary disease, diabetes, gout, impaired functional status, abdominal hernia, and liver disease. Women had higher rates of asthma, cholelithiasis, urinary incontinence, panniculitis, and mental health.

Conclusion: Pre-operative characteristics of LAGB patients vary by sex. This clinical knowledge may aid physicians and surgeons in facilitating anticipatory management of patients with moderate obesity.


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