Evaluation of the association between preoperative clinical factors and long-term weight loss after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass

G. Craig Wood, Peter N. Benotti, Clare Lee, Tooraj Mirshahi, Christopher D. Still, Glenn S. Gerhard, Michelle R. Lent

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Importance: Weight loss after bariatric surgery varies, yet preoperative clinical factors associated with long-term suboptimal outcomes are not well understood. Objective: To evaluate the association between preoperative clinical factors and long-term weight loss after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB). Design, Setting, and Participants: From June 2001 to September 2007, this retrospective cohort study followed up RYGB patients before surgery to 7 to 12 years after surgery. The setting was a large rural integrated health system. Of 1033 eligible RYGB patients who consented to participate in longitudinal research and completed surgery before October 2007, a total of 726 (70.3%) had a weight entered in the electronic medical record 7 or more years after surgery and were included in the analyses after exclusions for pregnancy and mortality. Date of the long-term weight measurement was recorded between August 2010 and January 2016. Main Outcomes and Measures: The primary outcomewas percentageweight loss (%WL) at 7 to 12 years after surgery. Preoperative clinical factors (>200) extracted from the electronic medical record included medications, comorbidities, laboratory test results, and demographics, among others. Results: Among the 726 study participants, 83.1%(n = 603) were female and 97.4% (n = 707) were of white race, with a mean (SD) preoperative body mass index (calculated as weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared) of 47.5 (7.4). From the time of surgery to long-term follow-up (median, 9.3 postoperative years), the mean (SD) %WL was 22.5%(13.1%). Preoperative insulin use, history of smoking, and use of 12 or more medications before surgery were associated with greater long-term postoperative %WL (6.8%, 2.8%, and 3.1%, respectively). Preoperative hyperlipidemia, older age, and higher body mass index were associated with poorer long-term postoperative %WL (-2.8%, -8.8%, and -4.1%, respectively). Conclusions and Relevance: Fewpreoperative clinical factors associated with long-term weight loss after RYGB were identified. Preoperative insulin use was strongly associated with better long-term %WL, while preoperative hyperlipidemia, higher body mass index, and older age were associated with poorer %WL. Our findings provide additional insight into preoperative identification of RYGB patients at higher risk for long-term suboptimal outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1056-1062
Number of pages7
JournalJAMA Surgery
Volume151
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016

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    Wood, G. C., Benotti, P. N., Lee, C., Mirshahi, T., Still, C. D., Gerhard, G. S., & Lent, M. R. (2016). Evaluation of the association between preoperative clinical factors and long-term weight loss after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. JAMA Surgery, 151(11), 1056-1062. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamasurg.2016.2334