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Gastro-gastric fistula after gastric bypass operation

Posted On : May 10, 2013

One of the complications of gastric bypass is a gastro gastric fistula. This happens when a connection between the gastric bypass pouch develops to the remnant stomach. In a gastric bypass operation, a very small pouch is created from the stomach, and connected to a segment of the small bowel.

The purpose of this operation is to decrease over 95% of the volume of the stomach. In theory, the benefits of this is to reduce the volume of food that can be consumed. Over time, the size of the stomach pouch, and/or size of the gastro-jejunostomy anastomosis might stretch. This result in weight regain that is very commonly seen in about 3 years after a gastric bypass operation.

Gastro-gastric fistula after gastric bypass operation
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Gastro-gastric fistula after gastric bypass operation
Gastro-gastric fistula after gastric bypass operation

One of the complications of gastric bypass is a gastro gastric fistula. This happens when a connection between the gastric bypass pouch develops to the remnant stomach. In a gastric bypass operation, a very small pouch is created from the stomach, and connected to a segment of the small bowel.

The purpose of this operation is to decrease over 95% of the volume of the stomach. In theory, the benefits of this is to reduce the volume of food that can be consumed. Over time, the size of the stomach pouch, and/or size of the gastro-jejunostomy anastomosis might stretch. This result in weight regain that is very commonly seen in about 3 years after a gastric bypass operation.

Another possible explanation for weight regain may be an abnormal connection that may develop over time between the bypassed stomach and the small pouch that was created. This abnormal connection is known as a gastro-gastric fistula. In a patient who may have a gastro-gastric fistula, the food can travel down the gastric bypass path or enter the bypassed stomach and go down the path of a normal anatomy.
In these cases, the physiological effect of a gastric bypass procedure becomes ineffective.
The treatment that I favor most for correcting the complication of the gastro-gastric fistula is is to revise the gastric bypass to the duodenal switch operation.

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