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Complications Associated With Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy for Morbid Obesity: A Surgeon's Guide

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Complications Associated With Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy for Morbid Obesity: A Surgeon's Guide

Kourosh Sarkhosh et al. Can J Surg.

Abstract

Obesity is a common disease affecting adults and children. The incidence of obesity in Canada is increasing. Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) is a relatively new and effective procedure for weight loss. Owing to an increase in the number of bariatric surgical procedures, general surgeons should have an understanding of the complications associated with LSG and an approach for dealing with them. Early postoperative complications following LSG that need to be identified urgently include bleeding, staple line leak and development of an abscess. Delayed complications include strictures, nutritional deficiencies and gastresophageal reflux disease. We discuss the principles involved in the management of each complication.

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Sleeve gastrectomy.
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Radiograph showing a normal image of the stomach after laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy.
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Radiograph showing a leak following laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy.
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Radiograph showing an intraluminal stent for the treatment of a leak following laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy.

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