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BACKGROUND Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) is an emerging surgical approach, but 1 that has seen a surge in popularity because of its perceived technical simplicity, feasibility, and good outcomes. An international expert panel was convened in Coral Gables, Florida on March 25 and 26, 2011, with the purpose of providing best practice guidelines(More)
Many surgeons attempting Laparo-Endoscopic Single Site (LESS) cholecystectomy have found the operation difficult, which is inconsistent with our experience. This article is an attempt to promote a standardized approach that we feel surgeons with laparoscopic skills can perform safely and efficiently. This is a four-trocar approach consistent with the four(More)
BACKGROUND The development of an anastomotic stricture at the site of the gastrojejunostomy following Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGBP) is associated with substantial morbidity. Various techniques are available for creating the gastrojejunal anastomosis, including hand-sewing and using a circular or linear stapler, to reduce complication rates. The aim of(More)
BACKGROUND The authors reviewed the benefits of routine placement of closed drains in the peritoneal cavity following laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (LRYGBP). The purpose of the study was to determine whether routine closed abdominal drainage provides diagnostic and therapeutic advantages in the presence of complications such as bleeding and leaks.(More)
BACKGROUND Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) is the most commonly performed bariatric operation in the United States. Although rare, gastrogastric fistulas are an important complication of this procedure. METHODS We report a series of 1,292 consecutive patients who underwent a divided RYGB procedure at our institution between January 2000 and(More)
BACKGROUND The effectiveness and safety of bariatric surgery using laparoscopic adjustable gastric bands have been demonstrated in numerous published studies. We present the results of the first U.S. multicenter trial of the Realize adjustable gastric band, a laparoscopic adjustable gastric band previously available only outside the United States as the(More)
BACKGROUND Morbid obesity is an epidemic in America. This series evaluates the safety and efficacy in the first 1,001 laparoscopic bariatric operations performed at The Bariatric Institute, Cleveland Clinic Florida. METHODS A retrospective review was conducted examining all patients undergoing a primary bariatric procedure (either laparoscopic gastric(More)
BACKGROUND One of the complications of laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding is intragastric erosion, leading to a revisional procedure to remove the band. Our aim was to present the procedure and results of endoscopic band removal in a 5-year multicenter experience from the Gastro Obeso Center and Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, and Universidade(More)
Bariatric surgery has become more common due to the worldwide obesity epidemic. A shift from open to laparoscopic surgery has occurred in the last 2 decades, because of its advantages. Revisional surgery after bariatric procedures is becoming an important issue, and restrictive procedures account for a large proportion of these interventions. Three(More)