Author Affiliation: The European School of Laparoscopy, Saint Pierre University Hospital, Brussels, Belgium.
According to Romy et al,1 RYGBP is a “better” bariatric procedure than GB. I personally agree with them. However, before we make from this conclusion a paradigm, a few caveats remain.
First, case-control studies can suffer from bias when one treatment is sensed as better than the other ab initio.2 Since prospective randomized studies comparing the 2 procedures are hardly realizable, better evidence could be obtained by prospectively comparing matched patients submitted to either procedure in 2 different centers with recognized expertise in GB or RYGBP.
Himpens J. Can We Safely State That Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Is a Better Weight Loss Procedure Than Adjustable Band Gastroplasty?Comment on “Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass vs Gastric Banding for Morbid Obesity”. Arch Surg. 2012;147(5):466. doi:10.1001/archsurg.2011.1855