Endoscopic management of common bariatric surgical complications

Gastrointest Endosc Clin N Am. 2011 Apr;21(2):275-85. doi: 10.1016/j.giec.2011.02.007.


The primary role of endoscopic intervention in the care of bariatric surgery patients is in the management of late bariatric surgical complications and non-operative revision of the surgical anatomy. In the future, indications for therapeutic endoscopy will involve the gastroenterologist in primary weight loss interventions as cutting edge technology is currently undergoing rigorous scientific evaluation. Endoscopists caring for these patients should become familiar with post-bariatric surgical anatomy, potential complications, common presenting symptoms, anticipated luminal/extra-luminal findings, and endoscopic management of common bariatric complications; this review addresses these issues. This review will discuss common presenting symptoms, luminal as well as extra-luminal findings and endoscopic management of common bariatric complications.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bariatric Surgery / adverse effects*
  • Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Obesity, Morbid / surgery*
  • Postoperative Complications*