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Poster 1244 Long‐term Effects of Bariatric Surgery in Patients with Non‐alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease: A Literature Review and Meta‐Analysis
Author Insight from Malcolm Wells, MD, University of Alberta
What’s new here and important for clinicians?
This meta-analysis looks to combine the evidence for the long-term effects of bariatric surgery on patients with Non-alcholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD). There is a significant reduction in clinically important outcomes including all-cause mortality, weight, diagnosis of cirrhosis, regression of fibrosis, and ALT. For patients who are obese and have NAFLD, bariatric surgery should be a consideration.
What do patients need to know?
This research combines the available evidence for the long-term impact of bariatric surgery in patients with NAFLD. We demonstrate that bariatric surgery has significant long-term benefits including increasing survival and reducing liver complications. Obese patients with NAFLD should inquire about the possibility of bariatric surgery.
Malcolm Wells, MD, University of Alberta
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