Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is a restrictive operation with hormonal elements that is rapidly gaining popularity. The most feared complication of the procedure is a staple line leak. The treatment of staple line leakage depends on timing and clinical and anatomical considerations. If leakage persists and transforms into a chronic fistula, a definitive surgical procedure is required. In cases where the fistula originates close to the esophagogastric junction, the surgical possibilities are limited and one treatment option is total gastrectomy with esophagojejunal anastomosis. We report a case series of four patientswith chronic fistulae, who failed conservative treatment and required total gastrectomy. Their average length of hospital stay was 8.7 days (range, 5-15 days), without conversions, leaks, or other complications. In experienced hands, total gastrectomy is feasible by laparoscopic techniques and should be performed soon after the fistula is established.
- Esophagojejunal anastomosis
- Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy complications
- Laparoscopic total gastrectomy
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
- Nutrition and Dietetics