, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 362-365
Date: 01 Jun 2002

Laparoscopic Standard Biliopancreatic Diversion: Technique and Preliminary Results

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Background: A technique for standard laparoscopic BPD was developed. Methods: Standard laparoscopic BPD was performed in 26 morbidly obese patients with mean BMI 43. Details of the technique, using 6 trocars, and instrumentation are described. Intestinal limb lengths were measured fully stretched, and the gastric remnant volume was also measured. Both enteroenteral and gastrointestinal anastomoses were fashioned with a side-to-side technique using the endoGIA, the conjoined defect being closed with a manual running seromuscular suture. Results: 6 and 12 month weight loss results were similar to those obtained in open BPD. Conclusion: Laparoscopic standard BPD is a feasible alternative to the open operative procedure, the major advantage being the likely near total avoidance of wound hernia.