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Journal of Obesity
Volume 2018, Article ID 7498258, 6 pages
Research Article

Feasibility and Safety of Bariatric Surgery in High-Risk Patients: A Single-Center Experience

1Department of Visceral, Transplant, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery, University of Leipzig, Liebigstraße 20, 04103 Leipzig, Germany
2Integrated Treatment and Research Centre (IFB) for Obesity Diseases, Philipp-Rosenthal-St. 27, 04103 Leipzig, Germany
3Department of Internal Medicine, University of Leipzig, Liebigstraße 20, 04103 Leipzig, Germany
4Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, University of Leipzig, Liebigstraße 20, 04103 Leipzig, Germany

Correspondence should be addressed to Yusef Moulla; ed.gizpiel-kinilkinu@alluom.fesuy

Received 6 November 2017; Accepted 4 December 2017; Published 14 January 2018

Academic Editor: Till Hasenberg

Copyright © 2018 Yusef Moulla et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Introduction. Despite the feasibility and safety of bariatric procedures nowadays, high-risk patients with vast obesity and severe comorbidities demonstrate relatively high perioperative morbidity and mortality rates and, therefore, form a distinguished challenge for the bariatric surgeons. Methods. We retrospectively analyzed high-risk patients, who underwent bariatric surgery in University Hospital Leipzig between May 2012 and December 2016. High-risk patients were defined when (Bergeat et al., 2016) at least one of the following risk factors was met: age ≥ 70 years, body mass index (BMI) > 70 kg/m2, liver cirrhosis, end-organ failure, or immunosuppression by status after organ transplantation along with (Birkmeyer et al., 2010) at least two comorbidities associated with obesity. Our analysis included early postoperative complications. Results. A total of 25 high-risk obese patients were identified. All patients had a standardized postoperative management with a mean length of hospital stay of 4 ± 1.4 days. One patient required an operative revision due to a stapler line leak after sleeve gastrectomy. No other major postoperative complications occurred. Conclusion. Bariatric surgery for severe high-risk patients can be performed safely in high-volume centers following standardized procedures.