The Egyptian Journal of Surgery

: 2018  |  Volume : 37  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 419--422

One-day surgery laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy: 96 patients at a Menoufia University Hospital

Asem Fayed, Mahmoud Hagag, Mohammed Elbalshy 
 Department of General Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Menoufia University, Menoufia, Egypt

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Asem Fayed
Department of General Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Menoufia University, Shebin Elkom, Menoufia 32511


Background Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) is one of the most performed bariatric surgeries, although its safety as a 1-day surgery is not yet approved. Patients and methods An analysis of a prospectively collected bariatric surgery data, in Menoufia University Hospitals was conducted between February 2016 and August 2017. There were120 patients who underwent LSG; 96 (80%) patients were operated as a 1-day surgery (hospital stay<12 h). Results All procedures were primary LSG performed on 82 women and 14 men, with a mean age (±SD) of 29.2±13.5 years. Mean±SD preoperative BMI was 45.4±3.8 kg/m2. Operative time was 49.8±9.6 min (mean±SD). There were no deaths. All patients were discharged home on the same day of the surgery. There were one (1.04%) case of gastric staple line leak, three (3.12%) of intra-abdominal bleeding, and one (1.04%) case of gastric stenosis. All patients went well. Conclusion LSG can be performed as a 1-day surgery in selected patients, with no complications.

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The current lifestyle and dependence on fast food has increased the prevalence of morbid obesity that represents a serious worldwide health problem [1], with a financial impact on health-care costs that increases with time. Medical literature supports the role of bariatric surgery in decreasing the costs associated with different comorbidities such as hypertension, diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia, and heart diseases [2].

Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) is one of the bariatric surgeries that is increasing in popularity due to a short operative time, less comorbidities, and good weight loss results [3],[4].

There are several methods to decrease surgery costs; the most important is to lower the hospital stay without decreasing the level of medical care.

The goal of this study is to demonstrate that LSG can be done as a 1-day surgery to decrease costs.

 Patients and methods

Between February 2016 and August 2107, 120 patients underwent LSG in a Menoufia University Hospital. In all, 96 patients were included who had 1-day surgery and had the inclusion criteria.

Inclusion criteria

Age less than 55 years old with BMI less than 50 kg/m2.

Age less than 45 years old with BMI more than or equal to 50 and less than 55 Kg/m2.

American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) score I or II.

Mild obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

Obesity surgery mortality risk score (OS-MRS) grade A or B.

Exclusion criteria

Age more than or equal to 55 years old.

BMI more than or equal to 55 kg/m2.

ASA score more than or equal to III or IV.

OS-MRS grade C.

Insulin-dependent diabetes.

Poorly controlled hypertension.

The patients were prepared following guidelines in ERAS protocols used in the bariatric procedure [3],[4].

A mean age (±SD) was 29.2±13.5 years. Mean±SD preoperative BMI was 45.4±3.8 kg/m2. This study identified five independent risk factors: BMI more than 50 kg/m2, age more than 45 years, hypertension, male sex, and pulmonary embolism. The patients were divided into three classes according to the OS-MRS score: class A, low risk with no or only one risk factor; class B, average risk with two or three risk factors; and class C, high risk with four or five risk factors. This classification, used for gastric bypass surgery, can be used for LSG.

Patient’s ASA score (ASA Classification of Physical Status) must be I or II.

Preoperative assessment included complete blood count, renal function, thyroid function, hepatic function, plasma lipids, and random blood sugar. All patients included for the day surgery had normal investigations.

A 5-trocar technique was used. Gastric transection began 4 cm from the pylorus, using a gastric calibration bougie size 36 Fr. Patients went home according to the modified postanesthesia care units discharge protocol [5].

This included eupneic, mobile, and well-oriented patients, with normal blood pressure and oxygen saturation, clear urine, and clean bandage, with pain and nausea controlled through medication. Postoperative imaging was done.

Thromboprophylaxis was achieved with low molecular weight heparin for 14 days, analgesics, antiemetics, and proton pump inhibitor for 6 weeks. Liquid intake for the first 2 weeks after surgery was prescribed and all patients were given a bariatric surgery food regimen. A follow-up visit was scheduled 1 week postoperatively. Patients’ demographic characteristics, intra/postoperative complications, hospitalization, readmission, and operations duration were analyzed.

Ethics statement

Before the inclusion of the patients in the study, ethical clearance was sought from the competent authority of Menoufia University Hospitals. Written informed consent was obtained from the patients’ relatives for publication of this research.

Statistical analysis

The data obtained were analyzed using the statistical package for the social analysis (version 15.0; SPSS Inc., Chicago, Illinois, USA). The results were presented with mean and SD or number (%) as appropriate.


One-day LSG was performed on a total of 96 patients out of 120 LSGs, with 82 women and 14 men, with a mean age (±SD) of 29.2±13.5 years. Mean±SD preoperative BMI was 45.4±3.8 kg/m2; all patients went home on the day of the surgery.

All were primary LSGs. There were one leak, one stenosis, and three perioperative bleeding. The patient who developed postoperative gastric leak was treated by endoscopic stenting for 5 weeks and he went home after 14 days of hospitalization. The patient who developed gastric stenosis was treated by gastrogastrostomy. When we compared comorbidities and readmission ([Table 1],[Table 2],[Table 3],[Table 4],[Table 5],[Table 6]).{Table 1}{Table 2}{Table 3}{Table 4}{Table 5}{Table 6}


One-day surgery is not exceptional anymore and many researches have shown no significantly increased rate of complications when comparing length of stay less than 24 with length of stay more than 24 h [6]. But, published data are not encouraging about laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and 24-h hospitalization. Morton et al. [7] in a population-based study of 54 908 patients showed a significantly increased risk of 30-day mortality and morbidity for laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass patients discharged at 1 day or less.

LSG can be performed as a 1-day surgery. However, well-defined recommendations are lacking [8],[9], as was confirmed in a recent systematic review by Joshi et al. [10].

In the series by DeMaria, the mortality rate went from 0.31% for class A patients to 7.56% for class C patients. In our series, only 15 out of 96 (15.62%) patients were of class B, the rest were of class A (n=81, 84.37%). None of the class B patients were hospitalized overnight, and only five patients were readmitted. All patients recovered well.

OSA screening was also included in our 1-day surgery. OSA is no longer a contraindication to 1-day surgery [11],[12].

A 36 Fr bougie was used for the patient with gastric leak, concurring with a recent meta-analysis by Parikh et al. [13], which showed that a more than or equal to 40 Fr bougie seems to decrease leaks without significantly impacting weight loss up to 3 years. However, even if a smaller bougie (<40 Fr) can increase the risk of leak, in our series, the patient with staple line leaks was virus c positive and was already potentially at higher risk [14],[15].

Gnecchi et al. [16], in a retrospective study of 101 consecutive LSGs showed no increased benifit to early radiography examination in detecting surgical gastric leak. They confirmed the importance of upper gastrointestinal imaging (UGI) study in symptomatic or high-risk patients. Indeed, the role of UGI study in the early postoperative period remains unclear and is accompanied by a risk of being false negative [17].The overall complications occurred in five patients. Complications were defined as any deviation from the normal postoperative course, using the Dindo-Clavien classification [18]. We included the patient with gastric staple line leak who presented a leak at the level of the gastroesophageal junction. Treatment included endoscopic stenting and drainage. Incidence of gastric leak can increase from 2.2% for a primary LSG to 5.7% for a revisional LSG [13],[14],[15].

In this study, we had a rate of 1.04% of gastric leak, which could be attributed to several factors including the well and fine selection criteria for 1-day surgery which stratify low-risk patients, reducing the rate of perioperative and postoperative complications [19].

Billing et al. [20] described a retrospective study that included 250 patients who had LSG as a 1-day surgery. Only nine (3.6%) patients were rehospitalized within 30 days, two (0.8%) patients were readmitted after the procedure, and there was one (0.4%) staple line leak. When compared with our study, these results were better regarding the readmission rate of 8.5% and overnight hospitalization rate of 1.8%. Interestingly, two patients in Billing’s study were hospitalized overnight because of OSA discovered at the day of surgery, reinforcing the importance of strict preoperative selection criteria.

In this study, one patient needed surgical exploration for intra-abdominal bleeding (grade IIIb Dindo-Clavien). After an unsuccessful 24 h of conservative treatment, we performed exploratory laparotomy and found the source of bleeding in the gastrosplenic ligament. Hemostasis was done and the patient went well.


This study shows that LSG can be done as 1-day surgery with no complications.

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