Risk-Benefit Analysis of Laparoscopic Bariatric Procedures

  • Stacy A. Brethauer
  • Philip R. Schauer


Bariatric surgery has evolved significantly over the last decade. The laparoscopic approach to bariatric surgery and the growing body of knowledge regarding the benefits of surgical weight loss has increased patient demand for these procedures. Surgeons are rapidly gaining interest in these challenging minimally invasive procedures as well. As we gain more experience with each of these procedures, though, it has not become clear which bariatric procedure is best suited for a specific patient. Currently, there are no clear data available to match a patient’s characteristics (fat distribution, eating behavior, comorbidities, psychosocial factors) with a specific procedure. The decision is made primarily based on the procedures offered by the surgeon and the patient’s willingness to accept a given level of risk and invasiveness (1).


Bariatric Surgery Gastric Bypass Morbid Obesity Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stacy A. Brethauer
    • 1
  • Philip R. Schauer
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Advanced Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgery, Department of General SurgeryThe Cleveland Clinic FoundationClevelandUSA
  2. 2.Lerner College of MedicineUSA
  3. 3.Advanced Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgery, Bariatric and Metabolic InstituteThe Cleveland Clinic FoundationClevelandUSA

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