Bariatric Surgery After Previous Antireflux Surgery Without Takedown of the Previous Fundoplication: a Prospective Study
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The increased prevalence of reflux disease in obese patients, combined with widespread availability of laparoscopic antireflux surgery, has increased the likelihood that more patients will seek bariatric surgery having previously undergone fundoplication.
This study examined our series of laparoscopic bariatric surgery after previous antireflux surgery without takedown of the previous fundoplication. We discuss our results, our technique and the tips and tricks to avoid complication after this procedure.
We operated on patients suffering from obesity who had already undergone laparoscopic Nissen. The patients were eligible for bariatric surgery according to the French National Institute of Health’s criteria for bariatric surgery. The pre-operative assessment involved gastroscopy with biopsies looking for Helicobacter pylori, oesophago-gastroduodenoscopy, investigation for sleep apnoea syndrome and a full laboratory assessment. The patients took part in their choice of surgery.
The patients’ post-operative course was uncomplicated. No patients had symptoms of gastro-esophageal reflux late after surgery and good gastrointestinal comfort was achieved (no pain, no reflux). All of the patients were satisfied. Length of stay was 3 to 5 days. All patients exhibited significant weight loss.
Bariatric surgery is possible after fundoplication without taking down the fundoplication. It appears to be a viable alternative in patients seeking weight loss surgery after fundoplication, which is currently assumed contraindicated.
KeywordsMorbid obesity Surgery Gastric bypass Antireflux surgery Minibypass
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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.
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