Gastric Migration After Bariatric Surgery

  • Alan A. SaberEmail author
Letter to Editor/LED Reply

Intrathoracic migration of the gastric component of bariatric surgery is an interesting phenomenon. It is underrecognized and underreported. Although migration can occur after any bariatric procedure with hiatal dissection, it is more prominent after the most common bariatric procedure, i.e., sleeve gastrectomy. Thus, more attention needs to be paid to this growing phenomenon.

Although the title of “gastric migration crisis in bariatric surgery” is an attractive and descriptive title [1], several points need to be clarified.

A hiatal hernia found in the postoperative period could be a hiatal hernia that was missed during or developed after the original bariatric procedure. However, when we described the ITSM [2], we were particularly describing the gastric sleeve that was intraabdominal during the sleeve gastrectomy procedure then migrated up some time after the surgery. The documentation of the staple line of the gastric sleeve above the diaphragm explains this upward migration of...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.RWJ Barnabas HealthNewark Beth Israel Medical CenterNewarkUSA

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