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General and digestive surgery

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Laparoscopic revision of Nissen fundoplication to Roux-en-Y gastric bypass
Introduction: Obesity is a known etiological factor for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and is also a growing public health concern. Although Nissen fundoplication is a highly effective technique to treat GERD, it may fail in obese patients. Roux-en-Y gastric bypass provides excellent long-term control of GERD symptoms with the additional benefit of weight loss.
Clinical case: A 57-year-old woman underwent a laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication for GERD (BMI 30.0 Kg/m2) with excellent outcomes during the first postoperative year in 2011. Two years later, GERD symptoms recurred, and her weight increased progressively (BMI of 36.0 Kg/m2). The patient was proposed to a laparoscopic conversion of Nissen fundoplication to a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. The procedure was uneventful, and the patient was discharged on postoperative day 4. One year later, she remained asymptomatic, off antacids medication, and with her weight decreased to 63.5Kg which corresponded to a BMI of 25.4 Kg/m2.
Discussion/conclusion: Roux-en-Y gastric bypass successfully reduces GERD symptoms by diverting bile away from the esophagus, decreasing acid production in the gastric pouch, therefore limiting the amount of acid reflux and by promoting weight loss decreases abdominal pressure over the lower esophageal sphincter and esophageal hiatus. In obese patients (BMI>35) with GERD, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass seems to be the most effective and advantageous treatment since it provides control of GERD symptoms with the additional benefit of weight loss. In patients who have previously undergone anti-reflux surgery, bariatric surgery can be technically demanding. However, if performed by high-volume surgeons in high-volume centers, it is perfectly feasible with low morbidity and excellent results.
J Magalhães, AM Pereira, T Fonseca, R Ferreira de Almeida, M Nora
Surgical intervention
3 months ago
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3 likes
1 comment
09:34
Laparoscopic revision of Nissen fundoplication to Roux-en-Y gastric bypass
Introduction: Obesity is a known etiological factor for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and is also a growing public health concern. Although Nissen fundoplication is a highly effective technique to treat GERD, it may fail in obese patients. Roux-en-Y gastric bypass provides excellent long-term control of GERD symptoms with the additional benefit of weight loss.
Clinical case: A 57-year-old woman underwent a laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication for GERD (BMI 30.0 Kg/m2) with excellent outcomes during the first postoperative year in 2011. Two years later, GERD symptoms recurred, and her weight increased progressively (BMI of 36.0 Kg/m2). The patient was proposed to a laparoscopic conversion of Nissen fundoplication to a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. The procedure was uneventful, and the patient was discharged on postoperative day 4. One year later, she remained asymptomatic, off antacids medication, and with her weight decreased to 63.5Kg which corresponded to a BMI of 25.4 Kg/m2.
Discussion/conclusion: Roux-en-Y gastric bypass successfully reduces GERD symptoms by diverting bile away from the esophagus, decreasing acid production in the gastric pouch, therefore limiting the amount of acid reflux and by promoting weight loss decreases abdominal pressure over the lower esophageal sphincter and esophageal hiatus. In obese patients (BMI>35) with GERD, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass seems to be the most effective and advantageous treatment since it provides control of GERD symptoms with the additional benefit of weight loss. In patients who have previously undergone anti-reflux surgery, bariatric surgery can be technically demanding. However, if performed by high-volume surgeons in high-volume centers, it is perfectly feasible with low morbidity and excellent results.
Advanced bariatric surgery: reduced port simplified gastric bypass, a reproducible 3-port technique
Minimally invasive surgery is a field of continuous evolution and the advantages of this approach is no longer a matter of debate. The laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (LRYGB) has shown to be the cornerstone in the treatment of morbid obesity and so far all the efforts in this technique have been conducted to demonstrate safety and efficacy. Nowadays, reduced port surgery is regaining momentum as the evolution of minimally invasive surgery.
The purpose is to describe our technique of LRYGB, which mimics all the fundamental aspects of the “simplified gastric bypass” described by A. Cardoso Ramos et al. in a conventional laparoscopic surgical approach (5 ports) while incorporating some innovative technical features to reduce the quantity of ports. Despite the use of only three trocars, there is no problem with exposure or ergonomics, which represent major drawbacks when performing reduced port surgery.

Our technique can be a useful and feasible tool in selected patients in order to minimize parietal trauma and its possible complications, to improve cosmetic results, and to indirectly avoid the need for a second assistant, thereby improving the logistics, team dynamics, and economic aspects of the procedure.

In our experience, this technique is indicated as primary surgery in patients without previous surgery and with a BMI ranging from 35 to 50. Major contraindications are liver steatosis, superobese patients, and potentially revisional surgery. Although based on the experience of the team, we had also to perform revisional surgery mostly from ring vertical gastroplasty.

From January 2015 to June 2017, we analyzed 72 consecutive cases in our institution with a mean initial BMI of 43.12 (range: 30.1-58.7) using this approach, and the mean operative time was 64.77 minutes (range: 30-155, n=72) and excluding revisional cases or cases associated with cholecystectomy (58.72 min, range: 30-104, n=62).

This approach should be performed by highly skilled surgeons experienced with conventional Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and with one of the patients feeling particularly comfortable. We strongly suggest using additional trocars if patient safety is jeopardized.
D Lipski, D Garcilazo Arismendi, S Targa
Surgical intervention
11 months ago
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424 likes
1 comment
07:37
Advanced bariatric surgery: reduced port simplified gastric bypass, a reproducible 3-port technique
Minimally invasive surgery is a field of continuous evolution and the advantages of this approach is no longer a matter of debate. The laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (LRYGB) has shown to be the cornerstone in the treatment of morbid obesity and so far all the efforts in this technique have been conducted to demonstrate safety and efficacy. Nowadays, reduced port surgery is regaining momentum as the evolution of minimally invasive surgery.
The purpose is to describe our technique of LRYGB, which mimics all the fundamental aspects of the “simplified gastric bypass” described by A. Cardoso Ramos et al. in a conventional laparoscopic surgical approach (5 ports) while incorporating some innovative technical features to reduce the quantity of ports. Despite the use of only three trocars, there is no problem with exposure or ergonomics, which represent major drawbacks when performing reduced port surgery.

Our technique can be a useful and feasible tool in selected patients in order to minimize parietal trauma and its possible complications, to improve cosmetic results, and to indirectly avoid the need for a second assistant, thereby improving the logistics, team dynamics, and economic aspects of the procedure.

In our experience, this technique is indicated as primary surgery in patients without previous surgery and with a BMI ranging from 35 to 50. Major contraindications are liver steatosis, superobese patients, and potentially revisional surgery. Although based on the experience of the team, we had also to perform revisional surgery mostly from ring vertical gastroplasty.

From January 2015 to June 2017, we analyzed 72 consecutive cases in our institution with a mean initial BMI of 43.12 (range: 30.1-58.7) using this approach, and the mean operative time was 64.77 minutes (range: 30-155, n=72) and excluding revisional cases or cases associated with cholecystectomy (58.72 min, range: 30-104, n=62).

This approach should be performed by highly skilled surgeons experienced with conventional Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and with one of the patients feeling particularly comfortable. We strongly suggest using additional trocars if patient safety is jeopardized.
Laparoscopic gastric bypass with unexpected intestinal malrotation
There are only a few descriptions of laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (LRYGB) in the setting of intestinal malrotation and these are limited to clinical case reports. Intestinal malrotations usually present in the first months of life with symptoms of bowel obstruction. However, in rare cases, it can persist undetected into adulthood when it could be incidentally identified. The anatomical abnormalities which should alert us to this possibility are an absent duodenojejunal angle, the small bowel on the right side of the abdomen, the caecum on the left, and the absence of a transverse colon crossing the abdomen. Identification and adjustment of the surgical technique at the time of laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) is crucial to prevent a very distal RYGB or avoid confusion between the Roux limb and the common channel. The construction of the laparoscopic Roux limb can be safely performed with adjustments to the standard technique.
We present the case of a 45-year-old woman with a long history of morbid obesity, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia. The patient had no complaints and presented a normal preoperative evaluation. After a multidisciplinary evaluation, she was elected to undergo a LRYGB. We report an intestinal malrotation discovered at the time of LRYGB, and detail the incidental findings and the technical aspects which require to be incorporated in order to complete the operation safely.
A Laranjeira, S Silva, M Amaro, M Carvalho, J Caravana
Surgical intervention
1 year ago
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418 likes
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08:33
Laparoscopic gastric bypass with unexpected intestinal malrotation
There are only a few descriptions of laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (LRYGB) in the setting of intestinal malrotation and these are limited to clinical case reports. Intestinal malrotations usually present in the first months of life with symptoms of bowel obstruction. However, in rare cases, it can persist undetected into adulthood when it could be incidentally identified. The anatomical abnormalities which should alert us to this possibility are an absent duodenojejunal angle, the small bowel on the right side of the abdomen, the caecum on the left, and the absence of a transverse colon crossing the abdomen. Identification and adjustment of the surgical technique at the time of laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) is crucial to prevent a very distal RYGB or avoid confusion between the Roux limb and the common channel. The construction of the laparoscopic Roux limb can be safely performed with adjustments to the standard technique.
We present the case of a 45-year-old woman with a long history of morbid obesity, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia. The patient had no complaints and presented a normal preoperative evaluation. After a multidisciplinary evaluation, she was elected to undergo a LRYGB. We report an intestinal malrotation discovered at the time of LRYGB, and detail the incidental findings and the technical aspects which require to be incorporated in order to complete the operation safely.
Bariatric and metabolic surgery
In this authoritative lecture, Dr. Michel Vix highlighted the indications related to metabolic and morbid obesity surgery. He presented key anatomical landmarks and operating room (OR) set-up depending on every patient. He briefly described the main principles of port placement and pneumoperitoneum, and demonstrated maneuvers, indications, and main key steps of morbid obesity procedures including LAGB, SBPD-DS, Scopinaro, RYGB, Mini Gastric Bypass, and Sleeve Gastrectomy, along with their technical aspects, mortality, morbidity, effectiveness, and results using different studies and meta-analyses. He also demonstrated the main principles and key steps of new trends and approaches in bariatric and metabolic surgery with complications and technical therapeutic aspects.
M Vix
Lecture
1 year ago
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273 likes
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04:52
Bariatric and metabolic surgery
In this authoritative lecture, Dr. Michel Vix highlighted the indications related to metabolic and morbid obesity surgery. He presented key anatomical landmarks and operating room (OR) set-up depending on every patient. He briefly described the main principles of port placement and pneumoperitoneum, and demonstrated maneuvers, indications, and main key steps of morbid obesity procedures including LAGB, SBPD-DS, Scopinaro, RYGB, Mini Gastric Bypass, and Sleeve Gastrectomy, along with their technical aspects, mortality, morbidity, effectiveness, and results using different studies and meta-analyses. He also demonstrated the main principles and key steps of new trends and approaches in bariatric and metabolic surgery with complications and technical therapeutic aspects.
Concurrent laparoscopic RYGB with a paraesophageal hernia (PEH) repair
This is the case of a 75-year old female patient with a medical history of bilateral mastectomy due to cancer, which occurred 30 and 15 years before referral. She was treated using adjuvant chemotherapy (tamoxifen) and radiotherapy, and had a liver-related kidney donation. The patient was found asymptomatic when she underwent a control abdominal ultrasound, which showed a 6cm hepatic mass in liver segments V and VI. A hepatic MRI was performed and showed a single liver lesion (68mm in diameter) located in the right liver lobe, and a PET-CT-scan demonstrated an increased hypermetabolic activity of the lesion without other systemic tumor dissemination. A laparoscopic right hepatectomy was scheduled. A laparoscopic surgery was performed. Laparoscopic exploration revealed multiple bilateral lesions, and an intraoperative ultrasound demonstrated a lesion in liver segment IV. An ALPPS approach was considered.
There were no complications and the patient was discharged on the third postoperative day.
A Duro, F Wright, PJ Castellaro, A Beskow, D Cavadas, J Montagné
Surgical intervention
1 year ago
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179 likes
3 comments
06:23
Concurrent laparoscopic RYGB with a paraesophageal hernia (PEH) repair
This is the case of a 75-year old female patient with a medical history of bilateral mastectomy due to cancer, which occurred 30 and 15 years before referral. She was treated using adjuvant chemotherapy (tamoxifen) and radiotherapy, and had a liver-related kidney donation. The patient was found asymptomatic when she underwent a control abdominal ultrasound, which showed a 6cm hepatic mass in liver segments V and VI. A hepatic MRI was performed and showed a single liver lesion (68mm in diameter) located in the right liver lobe, and a PET-CT-scan demonstrated an increased hypermetabolic activity of the lesion without other systemic tumor dissemination. A laparoscopic right hepatectomy was scheduled. A laparoscopic surgery was performed. Laparoscopic exploration revealed multiple bilateral lesions, and an intraoperative ultrasound demonstrated a lesion in liver segment IV. An ALPPS approach was considered.
There were no complications and the patient was discharged on the third postoperative day.
Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) after failed Nissen
This is the case of a 62-year old female patient with a BMI of 35 and a history of high blood pressure, dyslipidemia, and morbid obesity. She underwent a laparoscopic Nissen surgery 8 years earlier and presented with recurrent GERD symptoms.

A CT-scan, an endoscopy, and a barium swallow showed a hiatal hernia. It was decided to perform a paraesophageal hernia repair as well as a gastric bypass. A laparoscopic surgery was performed.

There were no complications and the patient was discharged on the second postoperative day. An esogastroduodenal contrast examination was performed 1 month after the procedure. It showed the absence of hiatal hernia. The patient was controlled 3 months after surgery and was found asymptomatic with an Excess Weight Loss (EWL) of 42%.
A Duro, V Cano Busnelli, A Beskow, D Cavadas, F Wright, P Saleg, PJ Castellaro
Surgical intervention
1 year ago
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171 likes
1 comment
06:12
Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) after failed Nissen
This is the case of a 62-year old female patient with a BMI of 35 and a history of high blood pressure, dyslipidemia, and morbid obesity. She underwent a laparoscopic Nissen surgery 8 years earlier and presented with recurrent GERD symptoms.

A CT-scan, an endoscopy, and a barium swallow showed a hiatal hernia. It was decided to perform a paraesophageal hernia repair as well as a gastric bypass. A laparoscopic surgery was performed.

There were no complications and the patient was discharged on the second postoperative day. An esogastroduodenal contrast examination was performed 1 month after the procedure. It showed the absence of hiatal hernia. The patient was controlled 3 months after surgery and was found asymptomatic with an Excess Weight Loss (EWL) of 42%.
A stepwise personal technique of RYGB with hand-sewn gastrojejunostomy
With more than 25 years of experience, we have created a unique laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass technique with hand-sewn gastrojejunostomy and several additional steps which offer our patients a safe and reliable procedure.
We routinely use 5 bladeless 12mm trocars. The procedure begins with the creation of a 15-20mL gastric pouch with a tilted orientation for the first stapling (not horizontal), and staple lines are oversewn for both gastric pouch and gastric remnant. A blue dye test is always performed at this stage. The second stage of the procedure includes the creation of a 75cm biliopancreatic limb with division of the mesentery and creation of a mechanical jejunojejunostomy with a 100cm alimentary limb, and hand-sewn closure of the enterotomy. Anti-torsion stitches are mandatory at this point. Closure of mesenteric defects (intermesenteric space and Petersen's space) is accomplished with non-absorbable sutures performed in a routine manner. The third and final stage of the procedure involves the creation of the hand-sewn gastrojejunostomy with an interposed limb and 4 layers of absorbable sutures over a 28-30 French bougie.
Closure of all trocar defects is performed in every patient.
L Zorrilla-Nunez, P Zorrilla
Surgical intervention
1 year ago
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219 likes
0 comments
10:05
A stepwise personal technique of RYGB with hand-sewn gastrojejunostomy
With more than 25 years of experience, we have created a unique laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass technique with hand-sewn gastrojejunostomy and several additional steps which offer our patients a safe and reliable procedure.
We routinely use 5 bladeless 12mm trocars. The procedure begins with the creation of a 15-20mL gastric pouch with a tilted orientation for the first stapling (not horizontal), and staple lines are oversewn for both gastric pouch and gastric remnant. A blue dye test is always performed at this stage. The second stage of the procedure includes the creation of a 75cm biliopancreatic limb with division of the mesentery and creation of a mechanical jejunojejunostomy with a 100cm alimentary limb, and hand-sewn closure of the enterotomy. Anti-torsion stitches are mandatory at this point. Closure of mesenteric defects (intermesenteric space and Petersen's space) is accomplished with non-absorbable sutures performed in a routine manner. The third and final stage of the procedure involves the creation of the hand-sewn gastrojejunostomy with an interposed limb and 4 layers of absorbable sutures over a 28-30 French bougie.
Closure of all trocar defects is performed in every patient.
Laparoscopic gastric bypass after open vertical banded gastroplasty
This video shows a laparoscopic reintervention after an open vertical banded gastroplasty in a 51-year-old woman presenting with untreatable gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). GERD originated from gastric remnant outlet obstruction. For that reason, we decided to perform a laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. First, very intense adhesions of the greater omentum and the stomach to the parietal peritoneum and the left lobe of the liver are dissected. The gastric remnant is dissected in order to transect it proximally to the stenotic, banded segment. A Roux-en-Y gastric bypass with a 50cm alimentary limb using the OrVil™ orogastric tube and the DST Series™ EEA™ 25mm circular stapling device is performed.
P Vorwald, M Posada, G Salcedo, C Lévano Linares, ML Sánchez de Molina, R Restrepo, JR Torres
Surgical intervention
3 years ago
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36 likes
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12:54
Laparoscopic gastric bypass after open vertical banded gastroplasty
This video shows a laparoscopic reintervention after an open vertical banded gastroplasty in a 51-year-old woman presenting with untreatable gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). GERD originated from gastric remnant outlet obstruction. For that reason, we decided to perform a laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. First, very intense adhesions of the greater omentum and the stomach to the parietal peritoneum and the left lobe of the liver are dissected. The gastric remnant is dissected in order to transect it proximally to the stenotic, banded segment. A Roux-en-Y gastric bypass with a 50cm alimentary limb using the OrVil™ orogastric tube and the DST Series™ EEA™ 25mm circular stapling device is performed.
Transumbilical single access laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy plus 1.8mm trocarless grasping forceps
Background: Transumbilical single access laparoscopy (TSAL) has gained interest over the last decade. However, in bariatric surgery, it still remains difficult due to the fact that the umbilicus is not a landmark, and it is frequently localized too far from the operative field. In selected patients, it can be considered and offered.
Video: A 29-year-old morbidly obese woman with a BMI of 40 underwent TSAL sleeve gastrectomy. Two reusable ports and curved reusable instruments according to DAPRI (Karl Storz Endoskope, Tuttlingen, Germany) were placed in the umbilicus. The chosen method to perform sleeve gastrectomy was a medial-to-lateral approach (gastric division followed by greater curvature mobilization), and the resection of the gastric antrum. Gastric division was performed under the control of a long, rigid, 30-degree scope (Karl Storz). To expose the hiatal region and the angle of His, a 1.8mm trocarless grasping forceps according to DAPRI (Karl Storz) was inserted underneath the xiphoid process and placed against the diaphragm below the left liver lobe. Some absorbable sutures between the staple lines were finally placed, and no drain was left into the abdominal cavity. The specimen was removed transumbilically, after joining the three used windows together at the umbilical aponeurosis.
Results: Laparoscopy took 94 minutes and perioperative bleeding was 30cc. Umbilical scar length was 25mm. No postoperative complications were noted and the patient was discharged on postoperative day 4.
Conclusions: TSAL sleeve gastrectomy can be offered to selected obese patients. The use of reusable material and curved tools make it possible not to increase the cost of the procedure due to TSAL, and to establish intracorporeal and extracorporeal working triangulation.
G Dapri
Surgical intervention
3 years ago
1738 views
63 likes
0 comments
08:13
Transumbilical single access laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy plus 1.8mm trocarless grasping forceps
Background: Transumbilical single access laparoscopy (TSAL) has gained interest over the last decade. However, in bariatric surgery, it still remains difficult due to the fact that the umbilicus is not a landmark, and it is frequently localized too far from the operative field. In selected patients, it can be considered and offered.
Video: A 29-year-old morbidly obese woman with a BMI of 40 underwent TSAL sleeve gastrectomy. Two reusable ports and curved reusable instruments according to DAPRI (Karl Storz Endoskope, Tuttlingen, Germany) were placed in the umbilicus. The chosen method to perform sleeve gastrectomy was a medial-to-lateral approach (gastric division followed by greater curvature mobilization), and the resection of the gastric antrum. Gastric division was performed under the control of a long, rigid, 30-degree scope (Karl Storz). To expose the hiatal region and the angle of His, a 1.8mm trocarless grasping forceps according to DAPRI (Karl Storz) was inserted underneath the xiphoid process and placed against the diaphragm below the left liver lobe. Some absorbable sutures between the staple lines were finally placed, and no drain was left into the abdominal cavity. The specimen was removed transumbilically, after joining the three used windows together at the umbilical aponeurosis.
Results: Laparoscopy took 94 minutes and perioperative bleeding was 30cc. Umbilical scar length was 25mm. No postoperative complications were noted and the patient was discharged on postoperative day 4.
Conclusions: TSAL sleeve gastrectomy can be offered to selected obese patients. The use of reusable material and curved tools make it possible not to increase the cost of the procedure due to TSAL, and to establish intracorporeal and extracorporeal working triangulation.
The VERSA LIFTER BAND™: a new option for liver retraction in laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass for morbid obesity
During laparoscopic bariatric procedures in morbidly obese patients, the surgeon's operative view is often obscured by the hypertrophic adipose left lobe of the liver.
To provide adequate operative views and working space, an appropriate retraction of the left liver lobe is required.
The use of a conventional liver retractor mandates an additional subxiphoid wound, resulting in patient discomfort for pain and scar formation, with the additional risk of iatrogenic liver injury during retraction maneuvers.
To overcome these limitations, we present the use of a simple, rapid, and safe technique for liver retraction using the VERSA LIFTER™ Band disposable liver suspension system or retractor.
A D'Urso, M Vix, B Dallemagne, HA Mercoli, D Mutter, J Marescaux
Surgical intervention
3 years ago
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37 likes
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03:48
The VERSA LIFTER BAND™: a new option for liver retraction in laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass for morbid obesity
During laparoscopic bariatric procedures in morbidly obese patients, the surgeon's operative view is often obscured by the hypertrophic adipose left lobe of the liver.
To provide adequate operative views and working space, an appropriate retraction of the left liver lobe is required.
The use of a conventional liver retractor mandates an additional subxiphoid wound, resulting in patient discomfort for pain and scar formation, with the additional risk of iatrogenic liver injury during retraction maneuvers.
To overcome these limitations, we present the use of a simple, rapid, and safe technique for liver retraction using the VERSA LIFTER™ Band disposable liver suspension system or retractor.
Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass: live demonstration and technical details
Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) has become a common procedure for the management of morbid obesity. However, learning to perform such a procedure may be difficult as it is made up of very technical operative steps in complex cases of overweight patients with a great amount of adipose tissue. In order to prevent complications, an operative strategy should be adopted, allowing for an easy and rapid acquisition of the technique. Each step is perfectly mastered and outlined.
This video demonstrates a laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass performed live, showing all the preoperative and operative patient settings. The surgical technique is thoroughly explained.
M Vix, M Nedelcu, HA Mercoli, D Mutter, J Marescaux
Surgical intervention
3 years ago
7050 views
193 likes
0 comments
28:09
Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass: live demonstration and technical details
Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) has become a common procedure for the management of morbid obesity. However, learning to perform such a procedure may be difficult as it is made up of very technical operative steps in complex cases of overweight patients with a great amount of adipose tissue. In order to prevent complications, an operative strategy should be adopted, allowing for an easy and rapid acquisition of the technique. Each step is perfectly mastered and outlined.
This video demonstrates a laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass performed live, showing all the preoperative and operative patient settings. The surgical technique is thoroughly explained.
Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass after gastric band removal
This video demonstrates the case of a 50-year-old woman with morbid obesity (BMI of 39). She had a gastric banding placed 7 years before, which became ineffective 3 years after the primary surgery, resulting in band removal 2 years ago.
A secondary bariatric surgery was scheduled, with the decision to perform a laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. This video shows the surgical technique, with special emphasis on dissection of the cardia and lesser curvature, where the anatomy is altered as a result of the previous band. An interesting technical point occurs during the creation of the jejunojejunostomy, where a perforation of the biliary loop is accidentally made during the EndoGIATM linear stapler introduction.
M Vix, C Lebares, M Ignat, D Mutter, J Marescaux
Surgical intervention
3 years ago
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58 likes
0 comments
32:11
Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass after gastric band removal
This video demonstrates the case of a 50-year-old woman with morbid obesity (BMI of 39). She had a gastric banding placed 7 years before, which became ineffective 3 years after the primary surgery, resulting in band removal 2 years ago.
A secondary bariatric surgery was scheduled, with the decision to perform a laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. This video shows the surgical technique, with special emphasis on dissection of the cardia and lesser curvature, where the anatomy is altered as a result of the previous band. An interesting technical point occurs during the creation of the jejunojejunostomy, where a perforation of the biliary loop is accidentally made during the EndoGIATM linear stapler introduction.
Robot-assisted Roux-en-Y gastric bypass after band removal
Patients ask for a new weight loss surgical procedure after gastric band removal due to a lack of efficiency or to complications. Although gastric banding is a reversible procedure, perigastric adhesions located mostly in the upper part of the stomach can make new approaches to this area difficult.
We report the case of a woman who benefited from a gastric banding in 2006. This gastric band was removed in 2010. The patient developed a left subphrenic abscess, which was drained under CT-scan control postoperatively.
Two years after this procedure, the patient wishes to benefit from a new weight loss surgical procedure as she gained 10Kg since her gastric band removal. She has a BMI of 40 and presents with respiratory and rheumatological co-morbidities.
The preoperative work-up was uneventful, and this is particularly true for the esogastroduodenal contrast exam and the gastroscopy.
During the procedure, multiple omental parietal adhesions were found, as well as tight adhesions between the liver, the stomach, and the left crus.
Dissecting the stomach using a conventional approach was made difficult by the presence of these adhesions, and we had to perform an upper pole gastrectomy of the greater curvature in order to clearly identify the gastroesophageal junction’s anatomy. A complete dissection of the left subcardial area is necessary in order to prevent the formation of an excessively large gastric pouch, which could lead to a regain in weight.
This video covers the whole procedure in detail and highlights dissection challenges, which can occur in patients who had their gastric band removed.
The postoperative outcome was uneventful in this woman, with a significant weight loss at one year.
M Vix, D Mutter, J Marescaux
Surgical intervention
3 years ago
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46 likes
0 comments
25:55
Robot-assisted Roux-en-Y gastric bypass after band removal
Patients ask for a new weight loss surgical procedure after gastric band removal due to a lack of efficiency or to complications. Although gastric banding is a reversible procedure, perigastric adhesions located mostly in the upper part of the stomach can make new approaches to this area difficult.
We report the case of a woman who benefited from a gastric banding in 2006. This gastric band was removed in 2010. The patient developed a left subphrenic abscess, which was drained under CT-scan control postoperatively.
Two years after this procedure, the patient wishes to benefit from a new weight loss surgical procedure as she gained 10Kg since her gastric band removal. She has a BMI of 40 and presents with respiratory and rheumatological co-morbidities.
The preoperative work-up was uneventful, and this is particularly true for the esogastroduodenal contrast exam and the gastroscopy.
During the procedure, multiple omental parietal adhesions were found, as well as tight adhesions between the liver, the stomach, and the left crus.
Dissecting the stomach using a conventional approach was made difficult by the presence of these adhesions, and we had to perform an upper pole gastrectomy of the greater curvature in order to clearly identify the gastroesophageal junction’s anatomy. A complete dissection of the left subcardial area is necessary in order to prevent the formation of an excessively large gastric pouch, which could lead to a regain in weight.
This video covers the whole procedure in detail and highlights dissection challenges, which can occur in patients who had their gastric band removed.
The postoperative outcome was uneventful in this woman, with a significant weight loss at one year.
Robot-assisted gastric band removal
Adjustable gastric banding (AGB) is one of the surgical treatment modalities for morbid obesity. Over the years, popularity for this treatment increased. It has been by far the most performed bariatric procedure for years in Europe and in the United States. Many gastric band removals are linked to complications and weight loss failure, indicating a new bariatric procedure for some of the patients. Complications after AGB are not uncommon and consist mainly of gastroesophageal reflux disease, pouch dilatation, slippage of the band, and intragastric migration. The failure of the gastric band is multifactorial. Gastric band removal does not preclude a new bariatric procedure (the most common procedure performed in our department is Roux en-Y gastric bypass), which is feasible in the same operative time but the 2-step approach is suitable. The new bariatric procedure offers adequate surgical outcomes and satisfactory results in terms of weight loss.
M Nedelcu, A D'Urso, HA Mercoli, M Vix, D Mutter, J Marescaux
Surgical intervention
3 years ago
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36 likes
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08:14
Robot-assisted gastric band removal
Adjustable gastric banding (AGB) is one of the surgical treatment modalities for morbid obesity. Over the years, popularity for this treatment increased. It has been by far the most performed bariatric procedure for years in Europe and in the United States. Many gastric band removals are linked to complications and weight loss failure, indicating a new bariatric procedure for some of the patients. Complications after AGB are not uncommon and consist mainly of gastroesophageal reflux disease, pouch dilatation, slippage of the band, and intragastric migration. The failure of the gastric band is multifactorial. Gastric band removal does not preclude a new bariatric procedure (the most common procedure performed in our department is Roux en-Y gastric bypass), which is feasible in the same operative time but the 2-step approach is suitable. The new bariatric procedure offers adequate surgical outcomes and satisfactory results in terms of weight loss.
Laparoscopic redo after failed Roux-en-Y gastric bypass
This video shows a reintervention after laparoscopic bypass in a 44-year-old woman presenting with a history of dysphagia which began shortly after surgery.
First, a dissection between the inferior surface of the left hepatic lobe and the gastrojejunal anastomosis is performed. The gastrojejunal anastomosis is then dissected on its posterior side and a scarry and stenotic anastomosis becomes visible with a chronic fistula to the excluded stomach.
After resection of the “old” anastomosis, a new gastrojejunostomy is performed using the OrVil™ orogastric tube and the DST Series™ EEA™ 25mm circular stapling device.
P Vorwald, M Posada, D Cortés, S Ayora González, E Bernal, C Ferrero
Surgical intervention
4 years ago
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14:04
Laparoscopic redo after failed Roux-en-Y gastric bypass
This video shows a reintervention after laparoscopic bypass in a 44-year-old woman presenting with a history of dysphagia which began shortly after surgery.
First, a dissection between the inferior surface of the left hepatic lobe and the gastrojejunal anastomosis is performed. The gastrojejunal anastomosis is then dissected on its posterior side and a scarry and stenotic anastomosis becomes visible with a chronic fistula to the excluded stomach.
After resection of the “old” anastomosis, a new gastrojejunostomy is performed using the OrVil™ orogastric tube and the DST Series™ EEA™ 25mm circular stapling device.
Perforated gastric pouch ulcer 4 years after gastric bypass surgery: laparoscopic diagnosis and treatment
The frequency of marginal ulcers is reported to range between 0.6% and 16% after laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. Etiologies include gastrogastric fistula, excessively large gastric pouch containing antral mucosa, H pylori infection, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs use, and smoking [1, 2]. We present a rare case of a gastric pouch ulcer perforation occurring 4 years after a laparoscopic gastric bypass.
Bibliographic references:
1. Perforated ulcer at the gastrojejunostomy: laparoscopic repair after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. Bramkamp M, Muller MK, Wildi S, Clavien PA, Weber M. Obes Surg 2006;16:1545-7.
2. Multimedia article. Laparoscopic repair of a perforated marginal ulcer 2 years after gastric bypass. Chin EH, Hazzan D, Sarpel U, Herron DM. Surg Endosc 2007;21:2110.
D Ntourakis, M Vix, D Mutter, J Marescaux
Surgical intervention
4 years ago
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10:13
Perforated gastric pouch ulcer 4 years after gastric bypass surgery: laparoscopic diagnosis and treatment
The frequency of marginal ulcers is reported to range between 0.6% and 16% after laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. Etiologies include gastrogastric fistula, excessively large gastric pouch containing antral mucosa, H pylori infection, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs use, and smoking [1, 2]. We present a rare case of a gastric pouch ulcer perforation occurring 4 years after a laparoscopic gastric bypass.
Bibliographic references:
1. Perforated ulcer at the gastrojejunostomy: laparoscopic repair after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. Bramkamp M, Muller MK, Wildi S, Clavien PA, Weber M. Obes Surg 2006;16:1545-7.
2. Multimedia article. Laparoscopic repair of a perforated marginal ulcer 2 years after gastric bypass. Chin EH, Hazzan D, Sarpel U, Herron DM. Surg Endosc 2007;21:2110.
Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass redo after sleeve gastrectomy associated with intrathoracic sleeve migration
Sleeve gastrectomy is a standard procedure in bariatric surgery nowadays. However, common contraindications involve the presence of gastroesophageal reflux and hiatal hernia. Here, we present the case of a morbidly obese female patient with a past surgical history of a Nissen fundoplication reversed in 2012 because of dysphagia. A sleeve gastrectomy had been performed 2 years ago complicated by an intrathoracic migration and gastric twist as discovered in the preoperative control followed by dysphagia, reflux, and vomiting. A conversion to a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass has been decided upon.
L Marx, S Tzedakis, HA Mercoli, S Perretta, D Mutter, J Marescaux
Surgical intervention
4 years ago
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46 likes
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09:21
Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass redo after sleeve gastrectomy associated with intrathoracic sleeve migration
Sleeve gastrectomy is a standard procedure in bariatric surgery nowadays. However, common contraindications involve the presence of gastroesophageal reflux and hiatal hernia. Here, we present the case of a morbidly obese female patient with a past surgical history of a Nissen fundoplication reversed in 2012 because of dysphagia. A sleeve gastrectomy had been performed 2 years ago complicated by an intrathoracic migration and gastric twist as discovered in the preoperative control followed by dysphagia, reflux, and vomiting. A conversion to a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass has been decided upon.
Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass after gastric band removal with severe small bowel adhesions
After gastric band removal, a laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is rendered more difficult by the existence of adhesions between the liver, the superior part of the stomach, and potentially the spleen. This video describes how to handle difficulties in dissecting the superior part of the stomach. Dissection of the cardia and left crus are required to allow for an appropriate calibration of the gastric pouch. The difficulty is subsequently increased in this patient as there are dense small bowel adhesions related to a previous history of gynecologic peritonitis. The intervention has been entirely performed laparoscopically. Small bowel adhesions have been taken down in order to obtain a sufficient free length (approximately 2 meters) and perform a jejunojejunostomy in adequate conditions.
M Vix, J Marescaux
Surgical intervention
4 years ago
941 views
8 likes
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20:19
Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass after gastric band removal with severe small bowel adhesions
After gastric band removal, a laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is rendered more difficult by the existence of adhesions between the liver, the superior part of the stomach, and potentially the spleen. This video describes how to handle difficulties in dissecting the superior part of the stomach. Dissection of the cardia and left crus are required to allow for an appropriate calibration of the gastric pouch. The difficulty is subsequently increased in this patient as there are dense small bowel adhesions related to a previous history of gynecologic peritonitis. The intervention has been entirely performed laparoscopically. Small bowel adhesions have been taken down in order to obtain a sufficient free length (approximately 2 meters) and perform a jejunojejunostomy in adequate conditions.
Onset of internal hernia after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass: laparoscopic management
Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (LRYGB) represents the gold standard of treatment for morbidly obese patients. While the laparoscopic approach offers many advantages in terms of fewer wound complications, decreased length of hospital stay, and decreased postoperative pain, certain complications of this operation present difficult clinical problems. The most challenging complication to determine is internal hernia through one of the mesenteric defects.

Internal hernias occur more frequently in LRYGB than in the open procedure. This is a significant clinical problem since internal hernia is the most common cause of small bowel obstruction (SBO) after LRYGB, which can result in ischemia or infarction and often requires a reoperation.

The incidence of SBO after LGBP is reported to be between 1.8 and 9.7%. The most common site of internal hernia after LGBP is at Petersen’s space.
In this video, we present the laparoscopic management of a complete small bowel herniation at Petersen’s space.
A D'Urso, S Perretta, M Vix, D Mutter, J Marescaux
Surgical intervention
4 years ago
1251 views
17 likes
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11:25
Onset of internal hernia after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass: laparoscopic management
Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (LRYGB) represents the gold standard of treatment for morbidly obese patients. While the laparoscopic approach offers many advantages in terms of fewer wound complications, decreased length of hospital stay, and decreased postoperative pain, certain complications of this operation present difficult clinical problems. The most challenging complication to determine is internal hernia through one of the mesenteric defects.

Internal hernias occur more frequently in LRYGB than in the open procedure. This is a significant clinical problem since internal hernia is the most common cause of small bowel obstruction (SBO) after LRYGB, which can result in ischemia or infarction and often requires a reoperation.

The incidence of SBO after LGBP is reported to be between 1.8 and 9.7%. The most common site of internal hernia after LGBP is at Petersen’s space.
In this video, we present the laparoscopic management of a complete small bowel herniation at Petersen’s space.
Successful laparoscopic reversal of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass in a patient suffering from malnutrition authored by JY Park and YJ Kim (Soonchunhyang University Seoul Hospital, Seoul, South Korea)
The video entitled "Successful laparoscopic reversal of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass in a patient suffering from malnutrition", authored by JY Park and YJ Kim (Soonchunhyang University Seoul Hospital, Seoul, South Korea) is analyzed by Dr. Michel Vix, MD (Nouvel Hôpital Civil, Strasbourg, France), sharing in this way his own personal experience and highlighting the different surgical approaches available with tips and tricks.

Reply from Dr. Ji Yeon Park to the reviewer:
The South Korean surgeon in the current case, who originally was a gastric cancer surgeon, was extremely inexperienced in bariatric surgery at the time of the primary surgery in this patient. He applied “uncut” Roux-en-Y reconstruction for gastric cancer surgery to RYGB in this patient; it is a simple modification of Billroth II with Braun anastomosis with additional occlusion of the jejunogastric pathway with a non-bladed linear stapler. Consequently, sufficient distance between the gastrojejunostomy and the jejunojejunostomy was preserved in order to prevent bile reflux into the remnant stomach when staple-line recanalization occurs. However, intraoperative findings at reversal showed that the previously uncut staple line was found split apart, far from being recanalized. This consequently resulted in a long “true” blind loop at the distal end of the biliopancreatic limb. At reversal, we established a new jejunojejunal anastomosis between the distal end of the blind loop and the cut end of the proximal alimentary limb, and left the old jejunojejunostomy in situ. The operative procedure per se became much simpler by not dismantling the old jejunojejunostomy; as a result, the number of new anastomoses and the operating time could be reduced.
JY Park, YJ Kim, M Vix
Surgical intervention
4 years ago
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20 likes
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17:41
Successful laparoscopic reversal of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass in a patient suffering from malnutrition authored by JY Park and YJ Kim (Soonchunhyang University Seoul Hospital, Seoul, South Korea)
The video entitled "Successful laparoscopic reversal of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass in a patient suffering from malnutrition", authored by JY Park and YJ Kim (Soonchunhyang University Seoul Hospital, Seoul, South Korea) is analyzed by Dr. Michel Vix, MD (Nouvel Hôpital Civil, Strasbourg, France), sharing in this way his own personal experience and highlighting the different surgical approaches available with tips and tricks.

Reply from Dr. Ji Yeon Park to the reviewer:
The South Korean surgeon in the current case, who originally was a gastric cancer surgeon, was extremely inexperienced in bariatric surgery at the time of the primary surgery in this patient. He applied “uncut” Roux-en-Y reconstruction for gastric cancer surgery to RYGB in this patient; it is a simple modification of Billroth II with Braun anastomosis with additional occlusion of the jejunogastric pathway with a non-bladed linear stapler. Consequently, sufficient distance between the gastrojejunostomy and the jejunojejunostomy was preserved in order to prevent bile reflux into the remnant stomach when staple-line recanalization occurs. However, intraoperative findings at reversal showed that the previously uncut staple line was found split apart, far from being recanalized. This consequently resulted in a long “true” blind loop at the distal end of the biliopancreatic limb. At reversal, we established a new jejunojejunal anastomosis between the distal end of the blind loop and the cut end of the proximal alimentary limb, and left the old jejunojejunostomy in situ. The operative procedure per se became much simpler by not dismantling the old jejunojejunostomy; as a result, the number of new anastomoses and the operating time could be reduced.
Laparoscopic gastric plication with intraoperative endoscopy: a guide for a correct procedure
The field of bariatric surgery is continually evolving. Laparoscopic gastric plication (LGP) is an experimental bariatric procedure developed with the intent to offer the same effect as sleeve gastrectomy in gastric restriction without the same degree of risk. The LGP procedure consists in a complete mobilization of the fundus and body, followed by an invagination of all the greater curvature of the stomach, maintained by a full-thickness suture, from the angle of His down to 6cm from the pylorus, in order to create a large intraluminal gastric fold.
The aim of the present video was to report our technique in LGP, presenting the role and all the advantages of intraoperative endoscopy.
The procedure was completed in a 37-year-old woman, with previous gastric banding. Due to limited weight loss, LGP was performed in a single step procedure after concomitant gastric banding removal.
The video shows all surgical steps: gastric banding isolation and removal, mobilization of the greater gastric curvature, gastric plication by double invagination suture lines controlled by intraoperative endoscopic evaluation. The endoscope was left in place during the whole plication procedure like a calibration tube to ensure a patent lumen, and the intragastric vision represents a three-fold guide: a guide for the surgeon in terms of size of the gastric fold, a guide in terms of shape of the gastric lumen, and a guide for a correct suture and position of full-thickness bite.
The video is also completed by a postoperative 8-month endoscopic evaluation, to assess the appearance of the fold and plication durability.
In our preliminary experience, intraoperative endoscopy is a mandatory combined procedure during LGP to achieve all the required information for a correct surgical procedure. The endoscopic evaluation also represents a fundamental step during follow-up, also considering the experimental phase of this surgical procedure.
N Perrotta, F Romana de Filippo, A Cappiello, N Andriulo, E Palladino, D Loffredo
Surgical intervention
4 years ago
2178 views
17 likes
1 comment
07:26
Laparoscopic gastric plication with intraoperative endoscopy: a guide for a correct procedure
The field of bariatric surgery is continually evolving. Laparoscopic gastric plication (LGP) is an experimental bariatric procedure developed with the intent to offer the same effect as sleeve gastrectomy in gastric restriction without the same degree of risk. The LGP procedure consists in a complete mobilization of the fundus and body, followed by an invagination of all the greater curvature of the stomach, maintained by a full-thickness suture, from the angle of His down to 6cm from the pylorus, in order to create a large intraluminal gastric fold.
The aim of the present video was to report our technique in LGP, presenting the role and all the advantages of intraoperative endoscopy.
The procedure was completed in a 37-year-old woman, with previous gastric banding. Due to limited weight loss, LGP was performed in a single step procedure after concomitant gastric banding removal.
The video shows all surgical steps: gastric banding isolation and removal, mobilization of the greater gastric curvature, gastric plication by double invagination suture lines controlled by intraoperative endoscopic evaluation. The endoscope was left in place during the whole plication procedure like a calibration tube to ensure a patent lumen, and the intragastric vision represents a three-fold guide: a guide for the surgeon in terms of size of the gastric fold, a guide in terms of shape of the gastric lumen, and a guide for a correct suture and position of full-thickness bite.
The video is also completed by a postoperative 8-month endoscopic evaluation, to assess the appearance of the fold and plication durability.
In our preliminary experience, intraoperative endoscopy is a mandatory combined procedure during LGP to achieve all the required information for a correct surgical procedure. The endoscopic evaluation also represents a fundamental step during follow-up, also considering the experimental phase of this surgical procedure.