Magnetic Sphincter Augmentation Placement for Recalcitrant Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Following Bariatric Procedures: A Systematic Review and Bayesian Meta-Analysis

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E. Rausa; R. Manfredi; M. E. Kelly; F. Bianco; A. Aiolfi; G. Bonitta; A. Lucianetti; M. A. Zappa

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J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A








Background: This study aims to consolidate all available articles on this topic and evaluate MSA effectiveness in the management of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Matherials and Methods: We conducted an electronic systematic search using MEDLINE databases (PubMed), EMBASE, and Web of Science. An electronic systematic search of articles comparing preoperative and postoperative health-related quality of life (GERD-HRQL) scores in patients who underwent MSA placement for management of GERD following bariatric surgery was performed. Three retrospective studies totaling 33 patients met the inclusion criteria and were included in this meta-analysis. Results: The pooled mean difference in change from preoperative GERD-HRQL score was 17.5 (95% CrI; -22.88 to -12.20) and it was statistically significant. The between-study variability is 3.621 (95% HPD; 1.39 4.99) with low heterogeneity (I(2) = 15%; 95% HPD; 2.1 26.2%). Conclusions: MSA for refractory GERD following bariatric surgery appears feasible. Prospective randomized controlled with standardized surgical technique and objective follow-up evaluation is needed to better assess short- and long-term efficacy.