Same-Day Discharge After Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass: a Cohort of 500 Consecutive Patients

Suzanne C. Kleipool, Leontien M. G. Nijland, Steve M. M. de Castro, Marlou Vogel, H. Jaap Bonjer, Hendrik A. Marsman, Pim W. J. van Rutte, Ruben N. van Veen

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Introduction: There is an increasing demand on hospital capacity worldwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic and local staff shortages. Novel care pathways have to be developed in order to keep bariatric and metabolic surgery maintainable. Same-day discharge (SDD) after laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) is proved to be feasible and could potentially solve this challenge. The aim of this study was to investigate whether SDD after RYGB is safe for a selected group of patients. Methods: In this single-center cohort study, low-risk patients were selected for primary RYGB with intended same-day discharge with remote monitoring. All patients were operated according to ERAS protocol. There were strict criteria on approval upon same-day discharge. It was demanded that patients should contact the hospital in case of any signs of complications. Primary outcome was the rate of successful same-day discharge without readmission within 48?h. Secondary outcomes included short-term complications, emergency department visits, readmissions, and mortality. Results: Five hundred patients underwent RYGB with intended SDD, of whom 465 (93.0%) were successfully discharged. Twenty-one patients (4.5%) were readmitted in the first 48?h postoperatively. None of these patients had a severe bleeding. This results in a success rate of 88.8% of SDD without readmission within 48?h. Conclusions: Same-day discharge after RYGB is safe, provided that patients are carefully selected and strict discharge criteria are used. It is an effective care pathway to reduce the burden on hospital capacity. Graphical Abstract: [Figure not available: see fulltext.]
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)706-713
Number of pages8
JournalObesity Surgery
Issue number3
Early online date2023
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2023


  • Day case surgery
  • Roux-en-Y gastric bypass
  • Same-day discharge

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