Sleeve Gastrectomy as a Stand alone Bariatric Procedure for Obesity: A Technology Assessment

Judith Walsh, MD, MPH



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Abstract and Introduction


The California Technology Assessment Forum (CTAF) has been requested to review the scientific evidence for the use of sleeve gastrectomy (SG) also known as vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG) or laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) as a stand alone surgical treatment for the treatment of obesity. There are several surgical procedures commonly performed for the treatment of morbid obesity. VSG is promoted as a less invasive alternative to Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, the bariatric surgery most frequently performed in the U.S. CTAF recently assessed the evidence for laparoscopic adjustable silicone gastric banding for obesity, but has not previously reviewed this topic.


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