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vol. 13
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Gastric wall thickness and stapling in laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy – a literature review

Krzysztof Barski, Artur Binda, Emilia Kudlicka, Paweł Jaworski, Wiesław Tarnowski

Videosurgery Miniinv 2018; 13 (1): 122–127
Online publish date: 2018/02/07
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Despite the growing experience of bariatric surgeons in performing laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, the number of complications involving staple line leaks remains constant. Hence a solution to avoid such complications is still sought. A defect of the staple line may be the consequence of an inappropriate choice of staple size in relation to gastric wall thickness. Due to the variable nature of gastric wall thickness, the choice of proper staple height is not obvious. In the few studies in which gastric wall thickness was measured, it was observed to decrease gradually from the antrum to the fundus. However, the authors are divided on the issue of whether gender and body mass index influence gastric wall thickness. The question whether there are other perioperative factors that would allow gastric wall thickness to be predicted remains unanswered.

laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, gastric wall thickness, staple height, staple line leak

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