Eliana Al Haddad, Salman Al Sabah. Al Amiri Hospital
Introduction: Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy’s (LSG) is becoming an increasingly popular form of bariatric surgery, accounting for more than 50% of these procedures performed in the USA. Given this popularity, more is being understood about the complications associated with LSG, which, though uncommon, include the formation of strictures and stenosis. The purpose of this study is to establish a safe and effective protocol for the treatment of stenosis post LSG using endoscopic balloon dilatation.
Materials and methods: This is a prospective review of 26 patients who had undergone LSG in Kuwait, followed by sleeve gastrectomy stenosis (SGS) and were then referred to the Amiri Hospital for endoscopic balloon dilatation from October 2008 up to June 2016.
Results: A total of 26 patients (4 males; 22 females) presented with symptoms of stenosis post LSG during the study period. The mean age of the patients was 34.6 ± 10.8 years. The mean body mass index (BMI) at the time of surgery was 43± 1.6 kg/m2. The median interval from the initial LSG surgery was 95 days. Nine patients had early presentation (≤3 months from surgery) while 17 presented late (>3 months). The patients were followed for a mean duration of 156 ± 20 days from the last endoscopic balloon dilatation. A total of 23 (88.5%) patients had resolution of their symptoms. No adverse events were observed.
Conclusions: Gastric stenosis is a rare but potentially serious complication of LSG. Serial dilatation of SGS employing endoscopic balloons is a safe method of treatment, with high efficacy rate. This new method may offer a less invasive alternative to surgical revision. However, if endoscopic treatment fails, surgery is necessary.
Presented at the SAGES 2017 Annual Meeting in Houston, TX.
Abstract ID: 77423
Program Number: P346
Presentation Session: Poster (Non CME)
Presentation Type: Poster