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How Does a New Study On Gastric Sleeve Surgery Staple Line Leaks Compare with Kim Bariatric Institute’s Results?

doctor deskOne of the most important aspects of Kim Bariatric Institute’s weight loss surgery program is our commitment to reducing risks and providing patients with the safest possible care. A recent study published in Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases, the official journal of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, shines a light on the possibility of a rare but serious complication that can result from vertical sleeve gastrectomy (gastric sleeve resection) surgery. What’s even more interesting about this study is what happens when you look at the results and compare them to outcomes experienced by patients here at the practice of Dr. David D. Kim.

The study, called “Management of Staple Line Leaks Following Sleeve Gastrectomy,” looked at 539 patients who had laparoscopic and robot-assisted vertical sleeve gastrectomy surgery over a 5-year period. It found that 2.8% of patients experienced a staple line leak after the initial surgery. With the results of the study in mind, note that bariatric surgeons at Kim Bariatric Institute performed more than 1,000 gastric sleeve surgeries last year utilizing the David Kim Inverted Gastric Sleeve™ technique. The rate of staple line leaks during that period? Zero.

Here’s why this is all so important: during gastric sleeve surgery, about 75-80% of the stomach is removed with the use of an advanced medical stapling device. The result is a “tubular”-shaped stomach that can hold only a few ounces of food at one time, giving patients an earlier feeling of fullness and helping them lose significant amounts of weight. A leak or leaks along the staple line is not a frequent complication but, as the study found, it can happen. Staple line leaks can cause digestive contents to make their way into the abdomen and may lead to infection and abscess. They can often be managed and corrected if diagnosed and treated early; however, the treatment may require additional surgeries (which means additional risks), an extended hospital stay, more lost work days, and many other issues that can be seriously problematic for an individual’s health, well-being, and lifestyle.

One of the chief benefits of the David Kim Inverted Gastric Sleeve™ surgery is the fact that it provides an additional layer of support to the stomach, which can reduce the risks of stretching and staple line leaks. This advanced technique, developed by our own bariatric surgeon, is another of the many ways Kim Bariatric Institute works to make our weight loss surgery program as safe and effective as possible for patients who want to lose weight and live healthier, happier lives.

You can read more about the study here, and you can visit this page to find a helpful video and infographic on the David Kim Inverted Gastric Sleeve™ surgery.

For more information, or to schedule a consultation here at Kim Bariatric Institute, please contact us today.

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