In Reply to the Invitation from the Editor to the Letter “What Is the Current Evidence to Define the Length of the Alimentary Limb in the Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Technique?”
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We had sincerely read the letter from the reviewers. We appreciated the substantial review on our article and in the meantime, we were so honored and so grateful to submit a satisfying reply as far as we could.
To Answer the Question in the Title
Alimentary limb (AL) was defined as the bowel segment from the gastrojejunal anastomosis to the jejunojejunal anastomosis [1, 2]. Some studies [3, 4, 5] performed this segment at the length of 40–100 cm, which was defined as “short” in our meta-analysis. Some [3, 4, 5, 6, 7] measured 130–150 cm of the segment, which was regarded as “standard.” Some [6, 7] used alimentary limb length at 170–250 cm, regarded as “long.”
Although the bowel segment was clearly defined, unfortunately, the detailed technique of the measurement was not distinctly described in most studies. Most studies illustrated the length by use of figures. It was an unescapable fact that a potential heterogeneity existed in the measurement of AL among these studies...
Rou-en-Y gastric bypass
Thanks so much again for the great interest and substantial review of our meta-analysis. We are very willing to reply more letters to us to discuss any questions in this article. Thanks so much for the opportunity and platform for academic exchanges provided by “Obesity Surgery.”
This work was supported by the Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 81160307 and No. 81560395), the Jiangxi Science and Technology Pillar Programme and the Science Foundation for Young Scholars of Jiangxi Province (No. 2007GQY1167), and Voyage Project of the Jiangxi Province Science and Technology Association.
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