Patient factors influence surgical options in gastroparesis

Jon S. Thompson, Alexander Hewlett, Elizabeth Lyden, James R. Scott, Corrigan McBride

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Background: Patient selection for the diverse surgical procedures for gastroparesis remains poorly defined. Our aim was to evaluate how patient factors have determined our surgical approach to gastroparesis. Methods: 95 patients undergoing 105 surgical procedures for gastroparesis were reviewed. Patient factors were compared across six surgical procedures: gastric neurostimulator, pyloroplasty, neurostimulator plus pyloroplasty, sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass and gastrectomy. Global symptom severity was determined preoperatively and at last follow up. Results: There were significant differences in etiology, BMI and gastroesophageal reflux across the various operations. Patients undergoing pyloroplasty and gastrectomy; were more likely to have a postsurgical etiology. (p <.05) Patients undergoing sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass were more likely to have BMI >35. (p <.05) Those undergoing sleeve gastrectomy were less likely to have gastroesophageal reflux preoperatively. (p <.05) There was no difference in preoperative clinical stage across the procedures. Conclusion: Patient factors influence choice of procedure in the surgical treatment of gastroparesis. Etiology of gastroparesis, BMI >35 and gastroesophageal reflux are important determinants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1093-1097
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican journal of surgery
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2020


  • Gastric neuromodulation
  • Gastroparesis
  • Pyloroplasty
  • Sleeve gastrectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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