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. 2016 Mar;26(3):691-5.
doi: 10.1007/s11695-015-2030-y.

Nationwide Survey on Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery in Korea: 2003-2013 Results

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Nationwide Survey on Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery in Korea: 2003-2013 Results

Hyuk-Joon Lee et al. Obes Surg. .
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A survey to evaluate the current status of bariatric and metabolic operations in Korea was conducted. Data from 5467 cases (32 hospitals) were collected. The annual numbers of bariatric and metabolic operations increased each year, from 139 in 2003 to 1686 in 2013. Adjustable gastric band (AGB, 67.2 %) was the most common operation, followed by sleeve gastrectomy (SG, 14.2 %), and Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB, 12.7 %). Mean patient age and body mass index (BMI) were 35.4 years and 35.9 kg/m2, respectively. In-hospital morbidity and mortality rates were 6 % (114/2305) and 0.25 % (5/2176), respectively. In Korea, AGB was the most common operation because of the availability and activity of specialized bariatric clinics. These national survey results established a baseline for future data collection.

Keywords: Bariatric surgery; Complication; Korea; Metabolic surgery; Nationwide survey.


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Annual numbers of bariatric and metabolic surgery
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Annual numbers of bariatric and metabolic surgery according operation types

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