J Curr Surg
Journal of Current Surgery, ISSN 1927-1298 print, 1927-1301 online, Open Access
Article copyright, the authors; Journal compilation copyright, J Curr Surg and Elmer Press Inc
Journal website http://www.currentsurgery.org


Volume 2, Number 1, February 2012, pages 1-3

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy and Its Effects on Hypertension

Kourosh Sarkhosha, c, Michael Laia, c, Richdeep Gilla, Daniel W. Bircha, b, Shahzeer Karmalia, b, c, d

aCenter for the Advancement of Minimally Invasive Surgery (CAMIS), Royal Alexandra Hospital, 10240 Kingsway, Edmonton, Alberta, T5H 3V9, Canada
bDepartment of Surgery, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
cThese authors contributed equally to this work
dCorresponding author: Shahzeer Karmali, Center for the Advancement of Minimally Invasive Surgery (CAMIS), Royal Alexandra Hospital, 10240 Kingsway, Edmonton, Alberta, T5H 3V9, Canada

Manuscript accepted for publication February 14, 2012
Short title: Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
doi: https://doi.org/10.4021/jcs26w


Obesity is a common disease affecting adults and children worldwide. Bariatric surgery currently is the only effective procedure resulting a sustainable and long-term weight loss. Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) is a relatively new but effective procedure. The purpose of this review is to evaluate the current evidence on the effects of LSG on hypertension.

Keywords: Morbid obesity; Obesity surgery; Sleeve gastrectomy; Hypertension


The prevalence of obesity has continued to rise over the last few decades. Over 300 million adults are considered clinically obese worldwide [1]. In Canada an estimated 60% of the population is considered overweight [2]. Obesity is defined as a BMI ≥ 30 kg/m2, and morbid obesity is defined as a BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2.

Obesity is a known risk factor for development of several comorbidities. Some significant obesity-related conditions include diabetes mellitus, hypertension, sleep apnea, hyperlipidemia, gastroesophageal reflex disease, and degenerative joint disease [3]. It is estimated that 1 in 10 premature deaths are directly attributable to obesity in Canadian adults aged 20 - 64 [4]. Obesity is one of the largest and most important epidemics facing Canadians today.

Bariatric Surgery▴Top 

Bariatric surgery is currently the most effective evidence-based method to obtain long-term weight loss in severely obese patients [5]. Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) is a new bariatric procedure introduced in the 1990’s for the management of severely obese patients. It was initially used as the first step to a two-stage approach to biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch (BPD-DS) [6], but has been recently shown to be an effective single procedure [7]. LSG is characterized as a restrictive procedure and functions to mechanically limit food intake. Furthermore, it is thought that LSG may decrease appetite stimulation by resecting the portion of gastric fundus responsible for producing ghrelin [8].

Obesity and Hypertension▴Top 

Obesity and the presence of adipose tissue have been associated with increased blood pressure. The precise pathophysiology to the development of hypertension in obese patients is currently unknown. However, there are several factors involved in obesity-related hypertension including physiologic, genetic and environmental factors. Hypertension is also a known component of the metabolic syndrome, which consists of centripetal obesity, dyslipidemia, impaired glucose tolerance and insulin resistance [9]. It has been postulated that in the obese, activation of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) and sympathetic nervous system may contribute to high blood pressure [10]. Estimates of up to 70% of hypertension in adults may be directly caused by adiposity [11]. It has also been postulated that obesity-related hypertension may be in part due to increased renal sodium retention and impaired pressure naturesis [12]. Recent evidence has suggested that adipocytes releasing neuroendocrine hormones may impact arterial pressure [9]. Adipose-related causes of hypertension may thus be reduced with weight loss.

There have been many recent studies that have shown improvement or resolution of hypertension following LSG. A multi-center study by Sanchez et al [13] found that hypertension was improved in 63% of LSG patients. Hutter et al [14] conducted a prospective study on 944 patients and reported that 68% had improvement or resolution of hypertension at one year follow up. In another cohort study, Basso et al [15] found that out of 100 high-risk super obese patients with a mean BMI of 54.4 kg/m2 had complete resolution of their hypertension in 62% of cases. A long-term study done by D’Hondt et al reported that 90.9% of LSG patients had improvement or resolution of hypertension 5 years post-operatively [16]. A systematic review by Sarkhosh et al [17] found that out of 3997 patients, 75% had improvement or resolution of their hypertension and 58% had complete resolution of hypertension following sleeve gastrectomy. In a meta-analysis done by Buchwald et al [18], improvement or complete resolution of hypertension was seen 70.8%, 87.2%, 85.4% and 75.1% of patients undergoing gastric banding, gastric bypass, gastroplasty and biliopancreatic diversion/duodenal switch respectively.


In conclusion, there has been promising evidence of the beneficial effects of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) on hypertension in obese patients. It has been found in many studies that sleeve gastrectomy results in resolution or improvement in hypertension in the majority of patients. LSG is therefore an effective surgical option for weight loss as well and improvement of associated comorbidities of obesity. Further studies are needed to evaluate the effect of bariatric surgery and sleeve gastrectomy on comorbidities on a long-term basis.

  1. Ahima RS. Digging deeper into obesity. J Clin Invest. 2011;121(6):2076-2079.
    pubmed doi
  2. Adult obesity prevalence in Canada and the United States. In: Canadian health measures survey. http://www.statcan.gc.ca/dailyquotidien/110302/dq110302c-eng.htm. Accessed July 2011.
  3. Karmali S, Schauer P, Birch D, Sharma AM, Sherman V. Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy: an innovative new tool in the battle against the obesity epidemic in Canada. Can J Surg. 2010;53(2):126-132.
  4. Lau DC, Douketis JD, Morrison KM, Hramiak IM, Sharma AM, Ur E, Obesity Canada Clinical Practice Guidelines Expert P. 2006 Canadian clinical practice guidelines on the management and prevention of obesity in adults and children [summary]. CMAJ. 2007;176(8):S1-13.
    pubmed doi
  5. Gill RS, Birch DW, Shi X, Sharma AM, Karmali S. Sleeve gastrectomy and type 2 diabetes mellitus: a systematic review. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2010;6(6):707-713.
    pubmed doi
  6. Hess DS, Hess DW. Biliopancreatic diversion with a duodenal switch. Obes Surg. 1998;8(3):267-282.
    pubmed doi
  7. Moon Han S, Kim WW, Oh JH. Results of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) at 1 year in morbidly obese Korean patients. Obes Surg. 2005;15(10):1469-1475.
    pubmed doi
  8. Karamanakos SN, Vagenas K, Kalfarentzos F, Alexandrides TK. Weight loss, appetite suppression, and changes in fasting and postprandial ghrelin and peptide-YY levels after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy: a prospective, double blind study. Ann Surg. 2008;247(3):401-407.
    pubmed doi
  9. Kotchen TA. Obesity-related hypertension: epidemiology, pathophysiology, and clinical management. Am J Hypertens. 2010;23(11):1170-1178.
    pubmed doi
  10. Narkiewicz K. Obesity and hypertension—the issue is more complex than we thought. Nephrol Dial Transplant. 2006;21(2):264-267.
    pubmed doi
  11. Must A, Spadano J, Coakley EH, Field AE, Colditz G, Dietz WH. The disease burden associated with overweight and obesity. JAMA. 1999;282(16):1523-1529.
    pubmed doi
  12. Hall JE. The kidney, hypertension, and obesity. Hypertension. 2003;41(3 Pt 2):625-633.
    pubmed doi
  13. Sanchez-Santos R, Masdevall C, Baltasar A, Martinez-Blazquez C, Garcia Ruiz de Gordejuela A, Ponsi E, Sanchez-Pernaute A, et al. Short- and mid-term outcomes of sleeve gastrectomy for morbid obesity: the experience of the Spanish National Registry. Obes Surg. 2009;19(9):1203-1210.
    pubmed doi
  14. Hutter MM, Schirmer BD, Jones DB, Ko CY, Cohen ME, Merkow RP, Nguyen NT. First report from the American College of Surgeons Bariatric Surgery Center Network: laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy has morbidity and effectiveness positioned between the band and the bypass. Ann Surg. 2011;254(3):410-420; discussion 420-412.
  15. Basso N, Casella G, Rizzello M, Abbatini F, Soricelli E, Alessandri G, Maglio C, et al. Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy as first stage or definitive intent in 300 consecutive cases. Surg Endosc. 2011;25(2):444-449.
    pubmed doi
  16. D’Hondt M, Vanneste S, Pottel H, et al. Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy as a single-stage procedure for the treatment of morbid obesity and the resulting quality of life, resolution of comorbidities, food tolerance, and 6-year weight loss. Surg Endosc 2006; 20:859-63.
  17. Sarkhosh K, Birch DW, Shi X, Gill RS, Karmali S. The Impact of Sleeve Gastrectomy on Hypertension: A Systematic Review. Obes Surg. 2012.
  18. Buchwald H, Avidor Y, Braunwald E, Jensen MD, Pories W, Fahrbach K, Schoelles K. Bariatric surgery: a systematic review and meta-analysis. JAMA. 2004;292(14):1724-1737.
    pubmed doi

This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Journal of Current Surgery is published by Elmer Press Inc.


Browse  Journals  


Journal of Clinical Medicine Research

Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism

Journal of Clinical Gynecology and Obstetrics

World Journal of Oncology

Gastroenterology Research

Journal of Hematology

Journal of Medical Cases

Journal of Current Surgery

Clinical Infection and Immunity

Cardiology Research

World Journal of Nephrology and Urology

Cellular and Molecular Medicine Research

Journal of Neurology Research

International Journal of Clinical Pediatrics






Journal of Current Surgery, quarterly, ISSN 1927-1298 (print), 1927-1301 (online), published by Elmer Press Inc.                     
The content of this site is intended for health care professionals.
This is an open-access journal distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License, which permits unrestricted
non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Creative Commons Attribution license (Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International CC-BY-NC 4.0)

This journal follows the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) recommendations for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals,
the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines, and the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing.

website: www.currentsurgery.org   editorial contact: editor@currentsurgery.org
Address: 9225 Leslie Street, Suite 201, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4B 3H6, Canada

© Elmer Press Inc. All Rights Reserved.