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IJMDC. 2019; 3(9): 784-789

Prevalence of gastroesophageal reflux disease among laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy patients in Saudi Arabia

Hany Abdelfatah Elhady, Hadeel Sameer Ashour, Abdulrahman Bader A Almazyad, Omnia Ahmad M Shaban, Muaz Belal Wali, Abdualelah Awad Alrashidi, Eman Murdi Abdullah Alshammari, Marzooq Abdullah M Alotaibi, Rahmah Hussain A Abdullah, Rahaf Mohammed Al-Fuhayed, Shouq Saud J Al-Anazi.


Background: There is a growing concern that laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) might be associated with an increased incidence of or worsening of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) symptoms. In this study, the aim was to estimate the prevalence of pre and postoperative gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) in Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy (LSG) patients, estimate the most important symptoms that GERD patients were complaining about, and compare the prevalence of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and its predictors.

Methodology: A cross-sectional study was conducted among all patients who underwent a LSG from different regions in Saudi Arabia, using a convenience sampling technique with an online questionnaire.

Results: A total of 390 LSG patients had to participate in this study. 73.8% of cases were not diagnosed, or they didn't have any symptoms of GERD, 14.6% of cases were diagnosed after LSG, and 11.5% were diagnosed before LSG. Among the total, 41.8% of cases showed no symptoms, while, 31.3% of patients were suffering from heartburn. There was a significant relationship between the GERD and smoking (p=0.02), and highly significant relationship with time of LSG and GERD (p

Key words: Gastro esophageal reflux disease, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, symptoms, Saudi Arabia.

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