Laparoscopic simplified gastric bypass
Epublication WebSurg.com, Mar 2012;12(03). URL: http://websurg.com/doi/vd01en3638
Laparoscopic gastric bypass is currently the gold standard in bariatric surgery. This procedure is complex and yet, it can be perfectly standardized in order to shorten the learning curve. This video presents a well-standardized and easily reproducible technique. All operative steps have been systematized and unroll very naturally. Once the gastric pouch has been divided, the gastrojejunal anastomosis is performed by means of a linear stapler by calibrating a 3cm pouch. The jejunojejunal anastomosis is performed using a 45mm long linear stapler without any division of the alimentary loop. Consequently, it is easy to control the patency of the two anastomoses. Mesenteric defects are closed to avoid internal hernias. Reproducibility is the main advantage of this technique, which has been used by operators to train more than 700 surgeons in South America, Europe, and Asia.