Turkish Journal of Gastroenterology
Gastrointestinal Tract - Original Article

Nonoperative Management of Leaks After Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy With Endoscopic Stents in a Tertiary Referral Center


Department of General Surgery, Ege University Hospital, İzmir, Turkey


Department of General Surgery, Tepecik Education and Research Hospital, İzmir, Turkey


Division of Interventional Radiology, Department of Radiology, Ege University Hospital, İzmir, Turkey


Department of Gastroenterology, Ege University Hospital, İzmir, Turkey

Turk J Gastroenterol 2022; 33: 8-18
DOI: 10.5152/tjg.2021.19864
Read: 782 Downloads: 335 Published: 01 January 2022

Background: Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) is a frequently performed operation. Leaks are formidable complications; however, the optimal management of these leaks is controversial.

Methods: We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of 15 patients referred to our tertiary center between 2012 and 2016 with leaks after LSG.

Results: In 12 patients with whom ongoing leaks were identified, stents were inserted with the intent of definitive therapy. In addition to attempts at source control, percutaneous drainage was carried out for intraabdominal collection in 9 patients and pleural effusion in 4 patients. The length of stay in the intensive care unit was significantly shorter in patients referred earlier or in those without any intervention.

Conclusion: LSG leaks can be treated nonoperatively in well-organized centers under meticulously designed protocols, depending on the clinical condition of the patient.

Cite this article as: Fırat Ö, Demir HB, Sezer TÖ, Bozkaya H, Özütemiz Ö, Ersin S. Nonoperative management of leaks after laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy with endoscopic stents in a tertiary referral center. Turk J Gastroenterol. 2022; 33(1): 8-18.

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