Gastric sleeve leaks can occur along the staple line after a sleeve gastrectomy. Repeat surgery carries a greater risk for complications and can be very technically challenging to perform. Dr. Sohail Shaikh at the National Institute for Bariatric Repair uses advanced endoscopic techniques to help close the leak and allow the patient to heal without the need for repeat abdominal surgery. This procedure is performed under anesthesia. A flexible tube with suturing equipment is passed through the mouth and into the stomach to identify and repair the leak. Temporary stents may be placed to help protect the area and allow it to heal. No external cuts are required, and recovery time for the procedure is minimal. Depending on the patient’s clinical condition, they may go home the same day.
Overall, endoscopic bariatric procedures decrease the surgical burden, minimize the risks of complications, reduce patient discomfort, and lower the risks of wound infection when compared to traditional surgical sleeve leak treatment methods.
Dr. Shaikh states, “Patients come to us with a variety of problems after bariatric surgery and fear their only option is another invasive procedure. I am thankful we are able to offer an alternative solution with advanced endoscopic techniques.”
About the National Institute for Bariatric Repair
NIBR is an innovative treatment center specializing in endoscopic procedures for complications that are traditionally treated with major or laparoscopic surgery. These state-of-the-