Background Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and hiatal hernia (HH) are classically considered contraindications to bariatric restrictive procedures. Despite the high number of studies that have been published, the relationship between laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) and GERD/HH is still not clear. Methods We have retrospectively analyzed the outcomes of LAGB in patients operated in 2010 with HH and/or GERD. The gastroesophageal reflux was diagnosed if the patients had heartburn and regurgitation more than once a week, and hiatal hernia was assessed by esophagogastroduodenoscopy and/or upper GI radiogramwith swallow. Data on heartburn, assumption of antacid medication, weight loss, and rate of complications in both patients with and without GERD or HH were collected. Results One hundred and twenty patients that underwent LAGB at our department were enrolled in our study; 40 had symptoms of GERD and 25 had hiatal hernia preoperatively. There was no difference of percentage excess weight loss (%EWL) at 12 months (45.4±20.4 vs 4.6±19.5 kg/m2) and 36 months follow-up (49.4±16.5 vs 48.6±18.9 kg/m2) between asymptomatic patients and patients with HH or GERD symptoms. The number of patients with preoperative heartburn (40 to 10) and/or assumption of antacid drugs (38 to 7) significantly decreased after LAGB Conclusions LAGB is an effective and safe surgical treatment for morbidly obesity in patients with GERD or HH, since it induces both a significant weight loss and an improvement of reflux symptoms.
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