Obesity Surgery

, Volume 20, Issue 9, pp 1289–1292 | Cite as

The Use of Endoscopic Stent in Management of Leaks After Sleeve Gastrectomy

  • Ninh T. Nguyen
  • Xuan-Mai T. Nguyen
  • Chirag Dholakia
Clinical Research


Gastric leak after sleeve gastrectomy can lead to significant morbidity and mortality. The aim of this study was to examine the safety and efficacy of endoscopic deployment of a covered esophageal stent in the management of leaks after sleeve gastrectomy. Three consecutive patients who underwent sleeve gastrectomy at outside institutions presented with leaks. All three patients underwent endoscopic placement of a covered stent. Additional procedures included laparoscopic or percutaneous drainage of abdominal collection(s). The patients were two women and one man, with a mean age of 34 years. One patient presented acutely at day 7 after the index operation and two patients presented late at 6 and 9 months, respectively. Two patients had proximal gastric leaks and one patient had a proximal gastric leak with a concomitant obstruction at the mid-aspect of the gastric sleeve. Endoscopic deployment of a covered stent was successful in all cases. There were no complications relating to the stent placement. The stent was removed at 6 weeks in two patients and at 4 months in one patient. The use of endoscopic stent was a safe and effective option in the management of leaks after sleeve gastrectomy.


Leaks Sleeve gastrectomy Endoscopic stent Bariatric surgery 


Conflict of interest

The authors declare that there are no conflicts of interest as related to this article.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ninh T. Nguyen
    • 1
  • Xuan-Mai T. Nguyen
    • 1
  • Chirag Dholakia
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryUniversity of California, Irvine Medical CenterOrangeUSA

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