Gastric Bypass and Influence on Improvement of NAFLD

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Abstract

Purpose of Review: Obesity is recognized as a chronic and recurring disease, often accompanied by other weight-related comorbid conditions such as obstructive sleep apnea, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). This chapter will seek to focus on the effect of weight loss surgery (WLS), in particular Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB), on NAFLD. Recent Findings: Among several modalities available to treat NAFLD, the one most likely to achieve rapid, significant, and sustained improvement of liver disease is WLS. Summary: The most commonly studied WLS procedure at this time is RYGB, and there is significant evidence that this is a safe and effective procedure both for weight loss and to bring about improvement of multiple associated comorbid conditions, including NAFLD. Further research focusing on non-surgical approaches that might mimic the effect of WLS on liver pathology is needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number25
JournalCurrent gastroenterology reports
Volume19
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2017

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  • Gastroenterology

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