Differential Effects of Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery and Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy on Fatty Acid Levels

Sudipa Sarkar, Frederick Anokye-Danso, Jena Shaw Tronieri, John S. Millar, Naji Alamuddin, Thomas A. Wadden, Rexford S. Ahima

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Background: Bariatric surgery is associated with improved cardiovascular outcomes and also affects lipid levels, but few studies have compared the effects of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) surgery with those of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) on serum fatty acid levels. The present study compares the effects of RYGB and LSG surgeries on serum fatty acid levels. Methods: The study participants were women who were undergoing either RYGB or LSG and body mass index (BMI)-matched controls. Fasting blood samples to measure glucose, insulin, and fatty acids were drawn at baseline and at 6 and 18 months from baseline. Results: Serum fatty acid data were available for 57 participants at baseline, of whom 56 had data at 6 months and 41 had data at 18 months from baseline. Compared with baseline, serum non-esterified fatty acids (NEFAs) levels were significantly higher at 6 and 18 months in the LSG group compared with the RYGB group. In the RYGB group, 2 saturated fatty acids (SFAs), 2 monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs), and 1 polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) were significantly decreased after surgery, compared with those of the LSG group. Conclusions: A significant increase in NEFAs was seen after LSG, compared with RYGB. Compared with the LSG group, several serum fatty acids were significantly reduced after RYGB. Trial Registration: NCT01228097.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3941-3947
Number of pages7
JournalObesity Surgery
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2019


  • Fatty acids
  • Gastric bypass surgery
  • Lipids
  • Obesity
  • Sleeve gastrectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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