We find LSG to have acceptable morbidity-rates and to be an effective procedure for weight loss and remission of obesity-related diseases. Further development of the technique should be attempted, particularly to reduce the risk for postoperative gastroesophageal reflux.
Villy Våge has had travel expenses for two international conferences covered by Covidien and Johnson & Johnson. Vetle Aaberge Sande, Gunnar Mellgren, Camilla Laukeland, Jan Behme and John Roger Andersen do not have any commercial associations that might be a conflict of interest in relation to this article.
VV was responsible for the surgery, collection, and extraction of data, and participated in the statistical analysis and writing of the article. VAS participated in the extraction and analysis of data, and in writing of the article. GM participated in the design of the study, analysis of the blood-samples and writing the manuscript. CL was responsible for the dietary advices to the patients and participated in writing the manuscript. JB operated about half of the patients and participated in writing the manuscript. JRA participated in the statistical analysis and writing of the article. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.
We acknowledge Ronny Gåsdal, Helse Førde for collection of data and Jonathan Butcher, Helse Førde for reading through and commenting the English version of the manuscript.
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