Digestive Diseases and Sciences

, Volume 56, Issue 11, pp 3364–3369 | Cite as

Percutaneous Gastrostomy Tube Placement to Perform Transgastrostomy Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreaticography in Patients with Roux-en-Y Anatomy

  • Bezawit Tekola
  • Andrew Y. Wang
  • Madhuri Ramanath
  • Brent Burnette
  • Kristi Ellen
  • Bruce D. Schirmer
  • Peter T. Hallowell
  • Bryan G. Sauer
  • Michel KahalehEmail author
Original Article



Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) surgery is one of the most commonly performed bariatric surgeries in the United States. Patients with prior RYGB are not amenable to conventional endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreaticography (ERCP). Surgical gastrostomy (SG) tube placement enables transgastrostomy ERCP (TG-ERCP).

Materials and Methods

Eleven patients with RYGB anatomy received open Stamm gastrostomy after which the tract was then allowed to mature for an average of 45 days before therapeutic TG-ERCP. The success rate and procedure-related complications of both gastrostomy and ERCP were assessed.


TG-ERCP was performed on eleven patients (median age 52 years, range 37–61 years) with prior RYGB and pancreatobiliary diseases. Indications for ERCP in these patients included suspected gallstone pancreatitis (n = 4), ampullary/biliary strictures (n = 5), pancreas divisum (n = 1), and common bile duct clipping as a result of RYGB surgery (n = 1). Two individuals developed post surgical complications with stomal-related infections. TG-ERCP with therapeutic intervention was successfully performed in all patients. Intervention included stone extractions (n = 11), biliary stricture dilation (n = 11), biliary sphincterotomy (n = 11), biliary (n = 3) and pancreatic (n = 1) stent placement, ampullary biopsies (n = 3), choledochoscopy (n = 1), and pseudocyst drainage (n = 1). Complications included post-ERCP pancreatitis (n = 2), post-sphincterotomy bleeding (n = 1), gastrostomy site bleed (n = 1), and gastric perforation (n = 1). The total number of ERCP sessions for the eleven patients was 15 (1 or 2 per patient). Median follow-up was 42 days (range 7–123 days).


Surgical open gastrostomy followed by TG-ERCP enables therapeutic intervention but is associated with significant complications.


Roux-en-Y gastric bypass Hepaticojejunostomy Pancreaticoduodenectomy ERCP 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bezawit Tekola
    • 1
  • Andrew Y. Wang
    • 1
  • Madhuri Ramanath
    • 1
  • Brent Burnette
    • 1
  • Kristi Ellen
    • 1
  • Bruce D. Schirmer
    • 2
  • Peter T. Hallowell
    • 2
  • Bryan G. Sauer
    • 1
  • Michel Kahaleh
    • 1
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Digestive Health Center of Excellence, Department of MedicineUniversity of Virginia Health SystemCharlottesvilleUSA
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryUniversity of Virginia Health SystemCharlottesvilleUSA
  3. 3.Division of Gastroenterology and HepatologyUniversity of Virginia Health SystemCharlottesvilleUSA

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