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World Journal of Laparoscopic Surgery


Introduction: Stomach sleeve obstruction can occur after sleeve gastrectomy (SG). It results in absolute intolerance to liquid and food intake. The obstruction of sleeve may be because of stomach torsion, twisting, kinking, folding, adhesions, and stenosis/narrowing.
We present a case report of two patients with absolute intolerance to liquid intake because of sleeve obstruction. The reason for obstruction was folding, twisting, and partial torsion of the stomach sleeve after SG.

Case/technique description: Two patients with absolute intolerance to liquid intake were received on day 5 and on day 12 after undergoing primary laparoscopic SG.
The endoscopy findings were similar in both the cases. It was not possible to reach pylorus without great difficulty and high level of maneuverability.
The laparoscopic findings were twisting and partial torsion due to laxity of the sleeve. Gastropexy was done in both the cases. The recovery in terms of excellent tolerance for liquid intake was immediate and that too without recurrence.

Discussion: The distal passage for food and liquid in the lumen of the sleeve should remain very smooth. The lumen can accept arrival of the Ryle’s tube or gastric calibration tube up to antrum without any great assistance. This will not be possible in case of improper architecture of the crafted sleeve. The design of the sleeve may be improper from the beginning or it may mutate because of abnormal adhesion at any time during postoperative course. Symptoms and endoscopic findings are diagnostic of the problem. Laparoscopic correction of the architecture of the sleeve by doing adhesiolysis and gastropexy is successful.

Keywords: Gastric sleeve kinking, Gastric sleeve obstruction, Gastric sleeve twisting, Gastric torsion, Gastric volvulus, Gastropexy, Sleeve gastrectomy.

How to cite this article: Patolia S, Hazza I. Laparoscopic Management of Stomach Sleeve Obstruction after Sleeve Gastrectomy. World J Lap Surg 2017;10(1):40-43.

Source of support: Nil

Conflict of interest: None

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