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Obesity Surgery

, Volume 14, Issue 10, pp 1290–1298 | Cite as

The Science of Stapling and Leaks

  • Randal S Baker
  • James Foote
  • Paul Kemmeter
  • Randall Brady
  • Todd Vroegop
  • Matt Serveld
Article

Staple-line leaks represent an unwanted, yet seemingly unavoidable, complication of stapling associated with bariatric surgery. Although, "folk legends" abound as to precluding leaks, little has been written based on basic research and understanding of stapling mechanics. This article reviews the history of stapling and discusses the implications of understanding the biomechanics of stapling living tissue. Finally, three leak studies evaluating ways to optimize staple-line strength are presented, and a large bariatric clinical series is reviewed.

STAPLE LINE MORBID OBESITY BARIATRIC SURGERY STAPLE LINE REINFORCEMENT CARTRIDGE SELECTION BUTTRESSING STAPLING MECHANICS 

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© Springer 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Randal S Baker
    • James Foote
      • Paul Kemmeter
        • Randall Brady
          • Todd Vroegop
            • Matt Serveld

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