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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)
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 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)
Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is gaining popularity as a treatment of morbid obesity. It is a relatively new procedure with a postoperative follow-up not exceeding 5 years. The natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgical procedures are also gaining in popularity, and we are now experiencing the first transition from animal to human trials. We(More)
BACKGROUND Traditional esophagectomy may be associated with mortality, considerable morbidity, and lengthy recovery. It is often performed in cancer patients who are typically older, have associated comorbidities, and are often malnourished, all factors that increase surgical risk. Minimally invasive esophagectomy has the potential advantages of being a(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 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)
Laparoscopic gastric banding is a popular method for treating morbid obesity. One of the most serious complications is band erosion into the gastric lumen. We present the case of a patient who underwent gastric banding and presented with symptoms of gastrointestinal reflux and mild-to-moderate hypertension, fever, and pain. UGI revealed stomach wall erosion(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)
Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGBP) has been used increasingly more often in the past 10 years. The authors summarize their experience and safety/complications data based on 849 laparoscopic RYGBP procedures. They also evaluate the use of the Endopath trocar in terms of trocar-site hernias, bowel obstruction, and elimination of time-consuming(More)