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Laparoscopic reoperative bariatric surgery: experience from 27 consecutive patients.
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PMID:  11975224     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: 10 to 25% of patients undergoing bariatric surgery will require a revision, either for unsatisfactory weight loss or for complications. Reoperation is associated with a higher morbidity and has traditionally been done in open fashion. The purpose of this study was to determine the safety and efficacy of reoperative surgery using a laparoscopic approach. METHODS: A retrospective review of medical records over a 22-month period was conducted. 27 consecutive obesity surgery patients, who had undergone a laparoscopic revision, were identified. 26 of the 27 patients were women. The average age was 40.3 years (range 20 to 58 years) and average original preoperative body mass index (BMI) was 51.6 kg/m2 (range 42 to 66.5). The 27 primary bariatric operations consisted of vertical banded gastroplasty (12), gastric band placement (9) and gastric bypass (6). 17 of them were open procedures. After the primary surgery, the lowest average BMI was 37.6 kg/m2 (range 21 to 52), which increased to 42.7 kg/m2 (range 29 to 56) before reoperation. 24 of the 27 reoperations were indicated for insufficient weight loss. On average, revision was undertaken 52 months after the primary procedure (range 12 to 240 months). RESULTS: 24 of the 27 laparoscopic reoperations were conversions to a gastric bypass. A second reoperation was indicated for insufficient weight loss on four occasions. In one case, conversion to open surgery was required. The average operative time was 232 +/- 18.5 minutes (range 120 to 480) and length of hospital stay was 3.7 days (range 1 to 9). 22% percent of patients (6) experienced complications, including pneumothorax, gastric remnant dilation, gastrojejunostomy stenosis, port-site hernia and protein malnutrition. There was no mortality in the study. The average BMI was 35.9 kg/m2 (range 27 to 45.5) 8 months after surgery (range 1 to 22 months). Compared with a preoperative BMI of 42.7 kg/m2, the weight loss was statistically significant (p < 0.001). CONCLUSION: Our results compare favorably with those reported for open reoperative bariatric surgery. A laparoscopic approach may be considered a feasible and safe alternative to an open operation.
Michel Gagner; Paolo Gentileschi; John de Csepel; Subhash Kini; Emma Patterson; William B Inabnet; Daniel Herron; Alfons Pomp
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Obesity surgery     Volume:  12     ISSN:  0960-8923     ISO Abbreviation:  Obes Surg     Publication Date:  2002 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-04-26     Completed Date:  2002-09-23     Revised Date:  2007-12-05    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9106714     Medline TA:  Obes Surg     Country:  Canada    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  254-60     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Laparoscopic Surgery, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Body Mass Index
Gastric Bypass / adverse effects*
Gastroplasty / adverse effects*
Laparoscopy / adverse effects*
Length of Stay
Middle Aged
Obesity, Morbid / surgery*
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
Postoperative Complications*
Reoperation / adverse effects*
Retrospective Studies
Time Factors
Weight Loss*

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