Background. Laparoscopy-assisted distal gastrectomy(LADG) has become a viable alternative treatment for patients suffering with early gastric cancer. Surgeons have long thought that obesity might increase the rate of intraoperative or postoperative complications. We set out to clarify the effect that obesity has on performing LADG for the treatment of early gastric cancer.
Methods. We retrospectively reviewed 100 patients who had undergone LADG for early gastric cancer between September 2004 and March 2007. We measured the degree of obesity by using the body mass index (BMI; kg/m2), and we compared the surgical outcomes between the normal BMI group (BMI
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