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  • 2012-01-16

Management of a hiatal hernia during laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass: be ready to repair

Epublication WebSurg.com, Jan 2012;12(01). URL:
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Here we show the case of a 44-year-old woman with a BMI of 40.5 and a history of gastroesophageal reflux disease. She was presented for a weight reductive surgery evaluation. Preoperative esophagogastroduodenoscopy, barium swallow and esophageal high resolution manometry were performed. They demonstrated a 3cm hiatal hernia as well as a hypotensive lower esophageal sphincter. The presence of a large hiatal hernia (greater than 5cm) is problematic and may prevent successful weight reductive surgery. Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is an effective procedure to control symptoms and GERD complications in morbidly obese patients. For this reason, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is a valid alternative to manage morbidly obese patients with symptomatic hiatal hernia and GERD. Bsed on the preoperative work-up, decision was made to perform a concomitant paraesophageal hernia repair and a laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass.