On September 6, 2012 at 6:51 PM Pacific Time, Married2005 wrote:
I am in he preliminary stages of opting for VSG. My BMI is 44. Would someone explain the following statement to me please?:
Limiting results appear promising as a single stage procedure for low BMI patiens (BMI 30-50)
What do they mean by limiting results?
I suspect that they are saying "limited results" which in this context sounds like a reference from studies done maybe ten years ago where the initial use of the VSG was the first stage of a DS (duodenal switch, which uses the VSG as its basis along with intestinal rerouting) for patients who were too large or ill to withstand the longer operation in one step. The VSG was done by itself and once the patient lost enough weight and was healthier to withstand the second operation, the intestines would be rerouted to complete the DS. In some cases, the patient lost enough weight with the VSG alone that the second operation was not necessary, so the VSG started being considered as a stand alone (or "single stage") WLS procedure, primarily for lower BMI patients.