Current Surgery Reports

, 5:6 | Cite as

Using Video Analysis to Understand and Improve Technical Quality in Bariatric Surgery

  • Oliver A. VarbanEmail author
  • Amir A. Ghaferi
  • Justin B. Dimick
Bariatric Surgery (A. Ghaferi, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Bariatric Surgery


Purpose of Review

Bariatric surgery is the most effective and durable treatment for severe obesity. Operative technique for some bariatric procedures can be technically challenging and requires an advanced skill set. Variation in procedure type, operative technique, and surgeon skill can affect outcomes.

Recent Findings

Most bariatric surgery is performed laparoscopically, allowing for video recording and thus an opportunity to study videos for quality improvement.


Current strategies for utilizing surgical videos are discussed herein, along with our early experience and specific areas for future growth.


Bariatric surgery Sleeve gastrectomy Gastric bypass Outcomes Complications Technique Video assessment 


Compliance with Ethics Guidelines

Conflict of Interest

Drs. Varban, Ghaferi and Dimick obtain salary support from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.

Supplementary material

Video 1

Comparison of surgical skill between two different surgeons performing laparoscopic gastric bypass [12••]


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Oliver A. Varban
    • 1
    Email author
  • Amir A. Ghaferi
    • 1
  • Justin B. Dimick
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Michigan Health SystemAnn ArborUSA

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