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Single-anastomosis duodeno-ileal – new revision procedure in a patient with insufficient weight loss after sleeve gastrectomy

Radosław Cylke, Paweł Skrzypek, Paweł Ziemiański, Justyna Domienik-Karlowicz, Maciej Kosieradzki, Wojciech Lisik

Videosurgery Miniinv 2018; 13 (3): 407–411
Online publish date: 2018/06/25
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Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) is one of the most popular and effective bariatric surgical procedures worldwide. The effect of LSG is mostly dependent on the restrictive mechanism, which makes it more vulnerable to failure [1]. Failure of bariatric procedures is not uncommon and occurs in 6% to 23% of cases [2]. Inadequate weight loss can be defined as an initial loss of less than 50% of excess weight loss (EWL), or relapse of body mass index (BMI) > 35 kg/m2 [3]. The most likely factor behind this is the patient’s noncompliance, especially regarding dietary restrictions [4]. In the case of weight loss failure, there are no hard recommendations on the choice of the redo procedure [2, 5–10]. One of the most novel options, relatively simple to perform following LSG, is single-anastomosis duodenoileal bypass with sleeve gastrectomy (SADI-S) [11, 12].
SADI-S was introduced in 2007 as a shorter, safer and equally effective modified version of biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch [13]. As the name suggests, SADI-S combines two bariatric procedures – LSG and duodeno-ileal bypass. This makes it a perfect option for patients after ineffective sleeve gastrectomy.
Herein, we report a case of a patient with inadequate weight loss after laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy who underwent the malabsorptive part of SADI-S, with our insights into this procedure.

Technical report

Failure of first bariatric surgery

A 46-year-old obese woman presented at the Bariatric Outpatient Clinic. On her first visit she qualified as a super-obese patient [14] with BMI of 53.6 kg/m2, weighing 151.9 kg. She suffered from hypertension, depression and treated hypothyroidism. After standard laboratory tests and consultations she was qualified for laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. The procedure was performed without any complications. The volume of the resected stomach was 900 ml, measured by filling the specimen with CO2 under pressure of 20 mm Hg. During 9 months after surgery, the patient’s weight loss was satisfactory. Later on, despite the patient’s declaration of full compliance and numerous attempts of changing exercise plans, the progress stopped (Figures 1, 2). In the meantime she underwent laparoscopic cholecystectomy for symptomatic gallstones.
Fourteen months after the initial operation, the patient’s BMI remained over 40 kg/m2 and excess weight loss was 41.1%, which fulfilled the criteria of inadequate weight loss [3]. Considering all these facts and the patient’s general dissatisfaction with the results, the second bariatric procedure was scheduled. As the restrictive part of the operation had already been performed (LSG), SADI as the second-stage operation to maximize the weight-losing effect seemed an attractive option.

Single-anastomosis duodenoileal

On the day of admission the patient weighed 115 kg, corresponding to BMI of 40.75 kg/m2 (class 3 obesity). She was qualified for a new bariatric operation – SADI. After bringing the patient under general anesthesia, the pneumoperitoneum was formed with a Veress needle inserted under the left costal margin. The laparoscopic procedure was performed using 5 trocars (Figure 3). After freeing the adhesions, the liver was elevated with a laparoscopic retractor, providing an excellent view of the operating field (gastric sleeve and duodenum). The area around the pylorus and the duodenal bulb was exposed and mobilized using a harmonic knife. Dissection of the head of the pancreas and the right gastric artery was performed. Here, approximately 4 cm distal to the pylorus, the duodenum was cross-cut with a linear stapler (Photo 1). Next, after cutting through the greater omentum, a 200-cm portion of the ileum was measured from the ileocecal valve and anastomosed end-to-side to the proximal end of the duodenum with mechanical suture (linear stapler) (Photo 2) followed by manual suturing of the remaining openings with two layers of PDS 2/0. Using a gastric tube and methylene blue, the final anastomotic leak test was performed, reaffirming water-tightness of the anastomosis. Finally, hemostasis was controlled and low-intensity bleeding from the distal end of the duodenum was stopped with a single metal clip, and a TachoSil Single spiral drain was left in the proximity of the anastomosis. During the whole procedure, restrictive fluid therapy was strictly adhered to.

Postoperative period

There were no short-term complications. Contrast X-ray of the upper gastrointestinal tract was performed on the first postoperative day (Photo 3), showing no signs of leakage. After drain removal, the patient was allowed to consume small portions of water, which was very well tolerated. She was discharged from the hospital after 5 days of hospitalization. Weight loss of 15 kg without any complications was observed 30 days after surgery.


Failure of a bariatric procedure must always be considered when planning long-term treatment of extremely obese patients. There is no consensus on what operation should be carried out after failed laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy [15]. There seem to be three alternative options [4]: conversion to a malabsorptive procedure [6, 7, 9], “re-sleeve gastrectomy” [5, 8] or placement of a laparoscopic adjustable gastric band [10, 16]. When choosing an appropriate second stage procedure for this group of patients, one must remember that failure of the primary surgery could follow from the fact that laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy depends mainly on a restrictive mechanism. Obviously, it was not sufficient in this case. Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy can be considered a basic operation in the bariatric surgery field. Originally it was used as the first step before Roux-en-Y gastric bypass or duodenal switch. Today it can be a part of more complex procedures such as SADI-S [13, 17] or SIPS [18, 19], adding its restrictive mechanism to these operations.
When considering a revisional, malabsorptive bariatric operation we can choose from a variety of procedures; hence being aware of the differences between them is essential. Biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch is one of the oldest and best known methods. Its significant long-term effects are thoroughly investigated and well proven [20]. On the other hand, it is a difficult procedure, which requires two anastomoses (with greater possibility of leakage). It is proved to cause selective fat malabsorption and nutritional deficiencies if performed in a patient with suboptimal adherence [21]. Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, also requiring two anastomoses, can be performed as well. It can cause nutritional deficiencies and fat malabsorption but also has been shown to cause significant weight loss [22]. Mini-gastric bypass requires only one anastomosis, so it is simpler to perform and has a lower complication rate [23]. It has excellent long-term results, can cause nutritional deficiency [24], but does not result in selective fat malabsorption. The procedure described in this article (SADI-S) is relatively new among bariatric procedures, so its long-term effect is yet to be determined. Short-term outcomes are very promising so far [25] and, when added to its relative simplicity (single anastomosis), make it worth considering among bariatric operations (Table I) [26].


Single-anastomosis duodenoileal bypass with sleeve gastrectomy is a new, simple and very promising bariatric procedure, which is becoming very popular due to its advantages. It can be performed as one, primary operation, but it also seems to be ideal as a second-stage procedure for patients with laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy failure. Above all, it has a lower complication rate compared to biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch or Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. So far there are not many reports on its long-term effects or complications, so more time for observation is required.

Conflict of interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest.


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Received: 2.03.2018, accepted: 15.04.2018.
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