Outcomes according to body mass index following laparoscopic surgery in patients with colorectal cancer

Han Kwak, Jae Ju, Dong Kang, Se Jin Baek, Jung Kwak, Jin Kim, Seon Hahn Kim

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Purpose: Body mass index (BMI) may not be appropriate for different populations. Therefore, the World Health Organization (WHO) suggested 25 kg/m2 as a measure of obesity for Asian populations. The purpose of this report was to compare the oncologic outcomes of laparoscopic colorectal resection with BMI classified from the WHO Asia-Pacific perspective. Patients and Methods: All patients underwent laparoscopic colorectal resection from September 2006 to March 2015 at a tertiary referral hospital. A total of 2408 patients were included and classified into four groups: underweight (n = 112, BMI <18.5 kg/m2), normal (n = 886, 18.5-22.9 kg/m2), pre-obese (n = 655, 23-24.9 kg/m2) and obese (n = 755, >25 kg/m2). Perioperative parameters and oncologic outcomes were analysed amongst groups. Results: Conversion rate was the highest in the underweight group (2.7%, P < 0.001), whereas the obese group had the fewest harvested lymph nodes (21.7, P < 0.001). Comparing oncologic outcomes except Stage IV, the underweight group was lowest for overall (P = 0.007) and cancer-specific survival (P = 0.002). The underweight group had the lowest proportion of national health insurance but the highest rate of medical care (P = 0.012). Conclusion: The obese group had the fewest harvested lymph nodes, whereas the underweight group had the highest estimated blood loss, conversion rate to open approaches and the poorest overall and cancer-specific survivals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)134-139
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Minimal Access Surgery
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Apr 1

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© 2018 Journal of Minimal Access Surgery | Published by Wolters Kluwer-Medknow.


  • Asian population
  • body mass index
  • colorectal cancer
  • laparoscopy
  • short-and long-term outcomes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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