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Acta Cirúrgica Brasileira

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Acta Cir. Bras. vol.35 no.3 São Paulo  2020  Epub May 20, 2020 

Clinical Investigation

Comparative analysis between patients undergoing Gastric Bypass and Sleeve Gastroplasty in a private hospital in Sao Luis-MA1

Rodrigo Lira Sousa LimaI

Eduardo Jose Silva Gomes de OliveiraII

Emanuel Cabral PereiraIII

Lucas da Silva CostaIV

Thiago Sousa DouradoII

José Aparecido ValadãoV

Roclides Castro LimaVI

Giuliano Peixoto CampeloVI

Roger Moura de BritoVI

Caio Márcio Barros de OliveiraVII

Ed Carlos Rey MouraVII

Plinio da Cunha LealVIII

IGraduate student, Departamento de Medicina I, Universidade Federal do Maranhão (UFMA), Sao Luis-MA, Brazil. Conception and design of the study; acquisition, analysis and interpretation of data; statistics analysis, manuscript preparation and writing.

IIGraduate student, Departamento de Medicina I, UFMA, Sao Luis-MA, Brazil. Manuscript preparation and writing.

IIIGraduate student, Departamento de Medicina I, UFMA, Sao Luis-MA, Brazil. Conception and design of the study, manuscript preparation and writing.

IVGraduate student, Departamento de Medicina I, UFMA, Sao Luis-MA, Brazil. Conception and design of the study; acquisition, analysis and interpretation of data; manuscript preparation and writing.

VPhD, Departamento de Medicina II, UFMA, Sao Luis-MA, Brazil. Manuscript preparation and writing, critical revision.

VIMD, Departamento de Cirurgia, Hospital São Domingos, Sao Luis-MA, Brazil. Manuscript preparation and writing, critical revision.

VIIPhD, Departamento de Medicina I, UFMA, Sao Luis-MA, Brazil. Analysis and interpretation of data, manuscript preparation and writing, critical revision.

VIIIPhD, Departamento de Medicina I, UFMA, Sao Luis-MA, Brazil. Scientific and intellectual content of the study, analysis and interpretation of data, manuscript preparation, critical revision.



To compare the satisfaction levels about the surgery and anesthesia management, and to analyze the postoperative outcomes of patients undergoing Gastric Bypass and Sleeve Gastroplasty surgeries in a private hospital in Sao Luís-MA.


The sample consisted of patients undergoing Bypass and Sleeve bariatric surgeries from August 2018 to August 2019, who were in the range of 18 and 70 years old and had not used drugs or presented cardiac arrhythmias, dilated cardiomyopathy, and conduction disorder heart. Data were collected from the evaluation forms and recorded in a form with closed questions.


Most patients were female (Bypass – 56% and Sleeve – 67.4%) and aged between 30 and 39 years old (Bypass – 32% and Sleeve – 55.8%). Information (Bypass – 92% and Sleeve – 86.1%) was the highest satisfaction index found. Sleepiness in the immediate postoperative period (Bypass – 92% and Sleeve – 93%) was the main side effect. There were no postoperative complications in patients between the two types of surgery.


Patients submitted to Bypass and Sleeve were completely satisfied with the perioperative management. There was no statistically significant difference when comparing adverse effects between the techniques.

Key words: Obesity; Gastroplasty; Gastric Bypass


Obesity is considered an increasingly common disease, the prevalence of which is already reaching epidemic proportions and has serious social and psychological consequences. Studies underline that overweight and obesity will reach levels of 89% in men and 85% in women by 20301.

Regarding its characteristics, obesity is a condition that affects individuals of all age groups, social classes, genders, and races. It has a multifactorial etiology, with hereditary correlation, since children of obese parents are 80 to 90% more likely to become obese2,3.

Obesity is usually classified by body mass index (BMI), which is the internationally accepted standard method accepted by researchers, with weight in kg divided by the square of height in meters - equal to or greater than 30kg/m² 4. Regarding severity, WHO proposes the classification in degrees, being specified as grade I obesity, when the BMI is between 30 and 34.9 kg / m²; grade II obesity, when BMI is between 35 and 39.9 kg / m²; and grade III obesity when BMI is above 40 kg / m² 5. The prevalence of obesity has doubled in the last 30 decades and is also considered the first epidemic of the twentieth century6.

The presence of obesity results in several metabolic complications, which can trigger issues related to physical, psychological and social aspects. Thus, the disease rarely acts in isolation, aggravating or causing other risks such as diabetes mellitus (especially type 2), various types of cancer, hypertension, and osteoarthritis, which may negatively affect the life quality and longevity7.

Regarding the treatment of obesity, some options cover the clinical and surgical aspects. The clinical treatment of obesity includes changes in behavior, such as physical activity stimulation, dietary changes with restriction of calorie intake, in addition to psychotherapy and the use of some types of medications8. However, morbidly obese patients do not respond satisfactorily to the clinical treatment of obesity, since most of them cannot maintain weight reduction for more than two years9. In such cases, bariatric surgery is recommended, as it is a more effective treatment method in terms of extension and weight reduction10. For several years, Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass (RGBY) was considered the gold standard procedure for bariatric techniques and the most commonly performed form of surgery. However, in recent years, vertical gastrectomy has proved to be a highly effective and simpler procedure, and this has led to its increased popularity11.

Despite being an efficient approach in the treatment of obesity, bariatric surgeries have several possible postoperative complications, which can be divided into early and late ones. The early ones generate significant morbidity and an increase in hospitalization costs12. However, complications are rare and mortality related to bariatric surgeries remains below 1%13.

Patient satisfaction is an important factor in the outcome of health care and the evaluation of the services quality in surgical interventions14,15. Satisfaction is a subjective and multidimensional concept, influenced by cultural, sociodemographic, physical, mental and emotional factors14,16,17. With an increasing focus when evaluated as an indicator of quality, it can reveal the patients’ perception of the outcome of the intervention and their overall experience, providing information about the hospital capacity to provide a quality service that meets the patient's expectations15,17,18. Despite this setting, not many studies are found in the literature that specifically assess the satisfaction levels with the service provided in bariatric surgeries.

Thus, this study aimed to compare the satisfaction levels regarding the surgery and anesthesia management and to analyze the postoperative outcomes of patients undergoing Gastric Bypass and Sleeve Gastroplasty surgeries in a private hospital in Sao Luis-MA.


Study design

This study was approved by the Research Ethics Committee of São Domingos Hospital (number 90023118500005085). This is a descriptive, prospective, observational and comparative study with a quantitative approach from August 2018 to August 2019, at the Center for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery of São Domingos Hospital (Sao Luis-MA).


The sample consisted of patients undergoing Bypass and Sleeve bariatric surgeries from August 2018 to August 2019, who were between 18 and 70 years old and had not used drugs and did not present cardiac arrhythmias, dilated cardiomyopathy or cardiac conduction disorder. The bariatric surgery technique was chosen following the institution treatment protocol, which takes into consideration the body mass index, associated comorbidities and the presence or not of reflux.

Considering studying about 10 patients/month and estimating a confidence interval of 95%, a margin of error of 5%, it was estimated to study 92 patients in the period. Assuming the losses by the exclusion criteria, the final sample was 68 patients.

Instruments for data collection

Sociodemographic, clinical characteristics and satisfaction level form

The volunteers were interviewed by the researcher to fill out a sociodemographic form with information on age, gender, race/skin color, municipality of residence, marital status, and academic degree. Surgery time, drugs used and time to wake up were evaluated in the intraoperative period.

The satisfaction levels about the surgery and anesthetic management were analyzed through a patient-reported outcome questionnaire in Brazilian Portuguese designed for the study and composed of six items addressing the following aspects of the patient in the perioperative period: Attention, Information, Privacy, Waiting Time, Pain Control and Discomfort. The items were graded according to the Likert scale, with the options Very Dissatisfied, Dissatisfied, Satisfied, Very Satisfied and Completely Satisfied, scoring from 1 to 5, with a minimum of 5 points to a maximum of 30 points. Patients answered the questionnaire at the immediate post-surgery (time 0), 2h, 6h, 18h, 24h, 7 days and 1 month after surgery.

In the postoperative outcomes, the surgery and anesthesia side effects of the complications were evaluated, if present or not, including nausea, vomiting, sleepiness and dizziness. Complications included bleeding, fistulas, stenosis, obstructions, and others. It was also analyzed the return of feeding, elimination of flats, walking. These variables were analyzed in the immediate postoperative after waking up (time zero), 2h, 6h, 12h, 24h, 7 days and 1 month after surgery. The return of sexual function was evaluated 7 days and 1 month after surgery.

The presence of pain was assessed at rest and in motion in the immediate postoperative period when the patient woke up (time zero), 2h, 6h, 18h, 24h, 7 days and 1 month after surgery.

The data required in the first 24 hours after surgery were collected in the patients’ hospital room. Within 7 days and 1 month after the surgery, the data were collected by telephone.

The anesthesia used in the study was through the total intravenous anesthesia technique with induction by propofol 2 mg/kg, fentanyl 3-5 mg/kg and rocuronium 0.6 g/kg. For maintenance, propofol and remifentanil were used targeting the Bispectral index (BIS) 40-60. Prior to extubation, dipyrone 2g, dexamethasone 10mg, ondansetron 8mg, morphine 0.1mg/kg and sugammadex 4mg/kg were administered.

Statistical analysis

Data were first tabulated through Microsoft Excel 13 software. Then statistical tests were performed using Stata 14 software. Categorical variables were organized into frequency tables for each period and analyzed using Pearson's chi-square test or if indicated, by Fisher's test. Continuous variables were described in measures of central tendency and variance and then compared by Student's t-test. The level of statistical significance used for all tests was 5% (p < 0.05).


A total of 68 subjects participated in the study. Sociodemographic data were described in Table 1. There was a predominance of females (56% Bypass and 67.6% Sleeve) in both types of surgery (p = 0.345) and the most prevalent age group was between 30 and 39 years (p = 0.078), although without statistical difference. Regarding academic degree, there was no statistically significant difference (p = 0.478). In Bypass, most patients had completed higher education (76%), and the same result was found for the Sleeve (58.13%). Regarding the degree of obesity, there was a quantitative difference between the two surgical procedures. Most (69.8%) of the patients who underwent sleeve surgery were in preoperative obesity grade 2. For those who underwent bypass surgery, 64% had Grade 3 obesity before surgery (p = 0.00).

Table 1 Epidemiological data and degree of obesity in patients undergoing Bypass or Sleeve. 

Bypass Sleeve p
N % N %
Male 11 44.0 14 32.6 0.345
Female 14 56.0 29 67.4
Age range
10-19 anos 1 4.0 0 0.0 0.078
20-29 anos 5 20.0 8 18.6
30-39 anos 8 32.0 24 55.8
40-49 anos 5 20.0 9 20.9
50-59 anos 4 16.0 2 4.7
60-69 anos 2 8.0 0 0.0
White 21 84.00 34 79.06 0.312
Dun 4 16.00 4 9.30
Black 5 11.64
Marital Status
Married 16 64.00 32 74.41 0.346
Single 5 20.00 9 20.93
Live together 2 8.00 1 2.33
Divorced 2 8.00 1 2.33
Overweight 0 0.0 1 2.3 0.00
Degree 1 4 16.0 7 16.3
Degree 2 5 20.0 30 69.8
Degree 3 16 64.0 5 11.6
Total 25 100,0 43 100,0

Test Chi – Quadrado

Regarding the time of surgery, Bypass had a longer time, with an average of 115.76 minutes, and Sleeve had an average of 109.93 minutes. However, in this variable, there was no statistically significant difference (p = 0.0907) (Table 2).

Table 2 Procedure time of patients undergoing Bypass or Sleeve. 

Bypass Sleeve Total p
Average ±SD* Average ±SD Average ±SD
Time 115.76 20.71 106.5349 22.25 109.93 22.00 0.0907

Test T de Student

*SD = Standard Deviation

The patients analyzed were completely satisfied in both groups. It is noteworthy that there was a statistical difference (p=0,025) concerning health care attention. In the Bypass group, 88% of patients said they were completely satisfied with the attention of health professionals, whereas 95.4% of those in the Sleeve group had the same answer. Regarding other satisfaction indicators, there was no statistical difference; even though, it is worth noting that most patients felt well informed, with their privacy respected, had a reasonable waiting time for surgery, good pain control and mild discomfort in the postoperative period (Table 3).

Table 3 Satisfaction indicators of patients undergoing Bypass or Sleeve. 

Bypass Sleeve p
N % N %
3 0 0.0 2 4.7 0.025
4 3 12.0 0 0.0
5 22 88.0 41 95.4
2 1 4.0 0 0.0 0.367
3 0 0.0 2 4.7
4 1 4.0 4 9.3
5 23 92.0 37 86.1
Privacy 0.648
3 0 0.0 1 2.3
4 1 4.0 3 7.0
5 24 96.0 39 90.7
Waiting time
1 0 0.0 1 2.3 0.913
2 1 4.0 3 7.0
3 3 12.0 4 9.3
4 4 16.0 6 14.0
5 17 68.0 29 67.4
Pain Control
3 2 8.0 2 4.8 0.495
4 1 4.0 5 11.9
5 22 88.0 35 83.3
3 2 8.0 2 0.494
4 1 4.0 5 11.6
5 22 88.0 36 83.7
Total 25 100.0 43 100.0

Square Chi Test

In postoperative pain, T0 (time zero) was the time in which there was the most complaint of rest pain in patients undergoing Bypass (56%), with no statistical difference between groups (p = 0.132) (Table 4).

Table 4 Postoperative pain assessment of patients undergoing Bypass or Sleeve. 

ByPass Sleeve p
N % N %
Resting pain T0
No 11 44.00 27 62.79 0.132
Yes 14 56.00 16 37.21
Resting pain 2h
No 15 60.00 25 58.14 0.881
Yes 10 40.00 18 41.86
Resting pain 6h
No 20 80.00 35 81.40 0.888
Yes 5 20.00 8 18.60
Resting pain 18h
No 24 96.00 39 90.70 0.419
Yes 1 4.00 4 9.30
Resting pain 24h
No 24 96.00 41 97.62 0.706
Yes 1 4.00 1 2.38
Resting pain 7 days
No 24 100.00 41 95.35 0.283
Yes 0 0.00 2 4.65
Resting pain 30 days
No 24 96.00 43 100.00 0.186
Yes 1 4.00 0 0.00
Pain in motion T0
No 25 100.00 43 100.00
Yes 0 0 0 0
Pain in motion 2h
No 25 100.00 43 100.00
Yes 0 0 0 0
Pain in motion 6h
No 25 100.00 42 97.67 0.442
Yes 0 0.00 1 2.33
Pain in motion 18h
No 24 96.00 43 100.00 0.186
Yes 1 4.00 0 0.00
Pain in motion 24h
No 25 100.00 43 100.00
Yes 0 0 0 0
Pain in motion 7 days
No 25 100.00 42 97.67 0.442
Yes 0 0.00 1 2.33
Pain in motion 30 days
No 25 100.00 43 100.00
Yes 0 0 0 0
Total 25 100.00 43 100.00

Square Chi Test

By evaluating the side effects (nausea, vomiting, dizziness, sleepiness, and others), there was a higher frequency of sleepiness, followed by nausea; sleepiness (p = 0.876) was found in 92% of patients who underwent Bypass and 93% of those who underwent Sleeve. It is noteworthy that there was a statistically significant difference (p = 0.038) in the nausea side effect 6 hours after surgery. At the time, 20% of patients who underwent bypass reported feeling nauseous and 46.5% of those who underwent sleeve reported this side effect.

There is also a statistically significant difference (p = 0.024) in the immediate postoperative dizziness side effect (time zero). Of the patients who underwent bypass, 68% reported this side effect, while those who underwent sleeve corresponded to 90.7%.

In terms of postoperative evolution, we evaluated the return of food, the elimination of flatus, the return of ambulation and sexual activity. From 18 hours after surgery, patients of both types of gastroplasty (Bypass, 76%; Sleeve, 69.8%) began to restore fluid intake, with no statistically significant difference between groups (p = 0.581).

In regards to flatus, 24 hours after surgery, the majority of patients (Bypass 72%; Sleeve 86.1%) had already confirmed that they had eliminated flatus, with no statistically significant difference (p = 0.156). Concerning the return to ambulation, after 6 hours of the surgical procedure, patients were already able to walk through the hospital corridors (Bypass 84%; Sleeve 79.1%), also without difference between groups (p = 0.618).

Analyzing the return of sexual activity after 30 days of the surgical procedure, most patients had sexual intercourse in the period (Bypass 84%; Sleeve 72.1%), but no statistically significant difference was found (p = 0.264). In addition, in regards to early postoperative complications, no patient who underwent any of the two types of bariatric surgery in this study had complications (bleeding, fistula and others) until the first month after surgery.


There was a predominance of females among the patients evaluated for both Bypass and Sleeve. This result corroborates those studies conducted in the Northeast region of Brazil19, Brazil20,21 and international studies22,23. Epidemiological data showed, in Brazil, a higher prevalence of obesity in women compared to men, with a difference of 0.6% between both genders19.

In addition to epidemiological evidence, unlike women, men resort to surgical treatment when their physical activities are compromised24. What could also justify the predominance of women in surgical treatment for obesity is the change in physical appearance, for aesthetic motivation or beauty standards formalized by society and the media19.

An age range of 30 to 39 years was more frequent in the present study, similar to a survey in which the average age was 34 years. However, in several studies, the mean age group is in the 40's range26-28. The proportion of overweight and obese adults increased between 1980 and 2013 from 28.8% to 36.9% in men29; besides, by 2030, 86% of adults in the United States will have obesity30. Thus, the average age of studies converges with the increased prevalence of this disease in the adult population.

Regarding the degree of obesity found in the present study, there was a divergence from another study31, in which the majority of patients (59.6%) evaluated were in Grade 3. In two other studies, the mean BMI value is within the Class 3 Obesity classification32,33. However, the authors state that there are benefits of surgery for individuals with grades of obesity 1 and 2, or even overweight when associated with comorbidities occurrence31. Thus, patients with a lower grade of obesity and with associated comorbidities are being submitted to bariatric surgery earlier.

Information, communication, respect, and patient care are recognized for being among the most important factors about patient care34-36. In this study, we achieved good results with the items in the satisfaction questionnaire; however, one limitation was not using a fully validated questionnaire, as it consisted of only several items and not a multidimensional evaluation37. Larger studies on patient satisfaction are necessary to improve the quality of the service, identify factors that can be improved and bring greater satisfaction to patients undergoing this type of surgery.

In the analysis of postoperative side effects, other studies19,38 had similar results, since nausea and vomiting were listed as one of the most frequent alterations found, besides hair loss and nutritional deficiency. As seen in the present study, as well as those found in the literature, postoperative changes are frequent, requiring health professionals to be prepared to make early diagnosis and intervention, to attenuate the impact on patients’ health and quality of life, thus achieving better results19,39.

Regarding immediate complications, wound infection, bleeding, deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism are the most common ones40. In our study, from the immediate postoperative period up to the first 30 days, there was no report of any unfavorable outcome (bleeding, fistula, and others) in the patients analyzed in both groups. A study shows/reveals that mortality in a 30-day postoperative period after bariatric surgery is less than 1%12.

One of the important factors that have a direct impact on quality of life is sexual function and desire. In this study, the return of sexual function was quite significant in both surgical procedures, but it was more frequent in patients who underwent Bypass surgery (84%) compared to those who underwent Sleeve surgery (72.1%). Similar data were found in another study41, in which 44.68% reported increased sexual interest after bariatric surgery.

Although not statistically relevant between the two surgical procedures, pain in this study was found more prevalent in patients undergoing the Bypass procedure in the first hours after surgery. A similar percentage was found in another study42, with the incidence of pain in the Post Anesthetic Recovery Room (PACU) being 52.5% (n = 63); 36.11% reported severe pain (defined as a score of 8 to 10 on the numeric scale). The incidence of postoperative pain after bariatric surgery in patients undergoing general anesthesia is a factor to be considered when choosing intraoperative anesthetics42.


A relevant rate of bariatric surgery was observed, especially in the female public. When comparing adverse effects between Gastric Bypass and Sleeve Gastroplasty, there was no statistically significant difference. Patients submitted to Bypass and Sleeve were completely satisfied with the perioperative management. They reported feeling well informed, and having their privacy respected, a reasonable waiting time for surgery, good pain control, and mild post-operative discomfort. Postoperative complications, when they appeared, had a lower frequency than in literature. However, due to the obesity epidemic and the increasing frequency of bariatric surgical procedures, the encouragement of new studies on patient satisfaction levels with perioperative management can improve the quality of the service offered and benefit this portion of society.

Financial source: FAPEMA

1Research performed at Hospital São Domingos, Surgery Department, Sao Luis-MA, Brazil.


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Received: November 03, 2019; Revised: January 05, 2020; Accepted: February 01, 2020

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