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Esophageal reflux is common post-sleeve gastrectomy
Findings of a new systematic review and meta-analysis reported in the Annals of Surgery, online March 1, 2019 show a 19% overall increase in the prevalence of esophageal reflux after sleeve gastrectomy and a 23% increase in rates of new-onset reflux. The long-term prevalence of esophagitis was 28% and Barretts esophagus was 8%. Four percent of all patients required conversion to Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass (RYGB) surgery for severe reflux.
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