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Chouillard E.K.,Poissy Saint Germain Mediacl Center | Al Khoury M.,Poissy Saint Germain Mediacl Center | Bader G.,Poissy Saint Germain Mediacl Center | Heitz D.,Poissy Saint Germain Mediacl Center | And 2 more authors.
Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases | Year: 2011

Background Natural orifice translumenal endoscopic surgery is an emerging surgical phenomenon. Although the development of "pure" natural orifice translumenal endoscopic surgical techniques in humans has been slowed by major technical hurdles, "hybrid" or combined variants have been increasingly reported. Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (SG) is a commonly performed treatment of morbid obesity. We have developed a combined variant of SG for patients with morbid obesity. Our aim was to assess the feasibility and safety of such an approach, which could eventually reduce the postoperative pain, preserve the abdominal wall, and enhance cosmesis. Methods Combined, transvaginal and abdominal SG was attempted in 20 patients. The inclusion criteria were morbid obesity (body mass index <50 kg/m 2), female gender, an absence of gynecologic disorders, and the absence of major previous abdominal surgery. The local ethical committee approved the present study. The technique was performed using a vaginal incision with 1 or 2 abdominal ports. Results The procedure was a success in 14 patients (70%). In 6 patients, conversion to a more conventional laparoscopic SG was required, with <1 abdominal ports added. The mean operative time was 116 minutes (range 54231). The postoperative complication rate was 5% (1 patient developed pneumonia). No hemorrhage, surgical site infection, or fistula was encountered. The mean length of hospital stay was 72 hours (range 24144). Conclusion Our combined, transvaginal and abdominal variant of laparoscopic SG was sure and feasible in a small series of selected patients with morbid obesity. © 2011 American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Source

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