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Usefulness of X-Ray in the Detection of Complications and Side Effects After Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy.
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PMID:  23341032     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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BACKGROUND: Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) is a surgical procedure which reduces the gastric volume causing a feeling of early fullness while decreasing hunger due to a reduced secretion of ghrelin. This leads to a considerable loss of body weight. The purpose of this study was to assess the usefulness of early x-ray examination and subsequent x-ray follow-up in the detection of postoperative complications and long-term functional recovery. METHODS: From March 2010 to April 2011, 101 consecutive patients underwent LSG for morbid obesity and were subsequently included in this retrospective study. All patients were submitted to early x-ray examination 1-3 days after surgery and x-ray follow-up 3-6 months after surgery to detect the presence and persistence of surgical and functional complications. RESULTS: Early postoperative x-ray examination detected one case of suture leakage 1 day after surgery as well as one abscess and one gastric fistula in two patients who had become symptomatic 9 and 10 days after surgery. CONCLUSIONS: Early x-ray examination showed that complications were mainly functional and rarely surgical. Subsequent follow-up showed that functional disturbances were significantly reduced over time. X-ray is an easy and reliable method for detecting complications and side effects of LSG. However, in view of the extremely low incidence of surgical complications revealed at the early x-ray examination, this procedure may not be required as a routine examination in all operated patients and should be performed only in patients who become symptomatic and those considered at risk of developing more serious complications.
Authors:
M Gnecchi; G Bella; A R Pino; I Staltari; N Di Leo; N A Polli; F M Drudi
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-24
Journal Detail:
Title:  Obesity surgery     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1708-0428     ISO Abbreviation:  Obes Surg     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
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Created Date:  2013-1-23     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9106714     Medline TA:  Obes Surg     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
Department of Radiology, University of Roma la "Sapienza", Viale del Policlinico, 155-00161, Rome, Italy.
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