Sleeve Gastrectomy as Treatment for Severe Obesity after Orthotopic Liver Transplantation
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- Butte, J.M., Devaud, N., Jarufe, N.P. et al. OBES SURG (2007) 17: 1517. doi:10.1007/s11695-008-9432-z
Obesity is highly prevalent in both liver transplant candidates and recipients, and can have a significant impact on perioperative morbidity and mortality and the overall cost of transplantation. Herein, we describe an obese patient who was managed sequentially with an intragastric balloon in the pre-transplant setting and a gastric sleeve following transplantation, with good long-term results. Sleeve gastrectomy is a non-malabsorptive bariatric procedure with potential benefit for liver transplant patients due to its lack of influence on the absorption of immunosuppressive agents.