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01.12.2015 | Case report | Ausgabe 1/2015 Open Access

BMC Surgery 1/2015

Bridging the gap between gastric pouch and jejunum: a bariatric nightmare

BMC Surgery > Ausgabe 1/2015
Noëlle Geubbels, Ingrid Kappers, Arnold W. J. M. van de Laar
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The online version of this article (doi:10.​1186/​s12893-015-0043-z) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

Competing interests

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Authors’ contributions

NG made a substantial contribution in the analysis and interpretation of the presented surgical techniques, editing the video images, drafting, and revising the manuscript and gave approval for the final version to be published. IK was part of the surgical team that performed the operation and made a substantial contribution to the drafting and revising process of the article and gave approval for the final version to be published. AL made a substantial contribution in the interpretation of the described surgical techniques, drafting, and revising the video as well as the manuscript and gave approval for the final version to be published. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.



Even in a large volume bariatric centre, bariatric surgeons are sometimes confronted with intraoperative anatomical challenges which force even the most experienced surgeon into a pioneering position. In this video we present how a large gap of approximately 8 cm is bridged by applying several techniques that are not part of our standardized surgical procedure.

Case presentation

After creation of a 20 mL gastric pouch we discovered that the alimentary limb could not be advanced further cranially due to a very short a thick jejunal mesentery in a 49 year old male patient during laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (LRYGB) surgery. By dissecting the gastro-oesophageal junction form the crus, stretching the gastric pouch, transecting the jejunal mesentery, using a retrocolic/retrogastric route, and creating a fully hand-sewn gastrojejunostomy we were able to safely complete the LRYGB. Drains were left near the gastrojejunostomy and the patient was kept nil by mouth for 5 days. On the 5th postoperative day radiographic swallow series were obtained which revealed no sign of leakage. The patient was discharged in good clinical condition on the 6th postoperative day. To date, no complications have occurred. Weight loss results are −31.5 % of the preoperative total body weight.


When confronted with a large distance between the gastric pouch and the alimentary limb, several techniques presented in this video may be of aid to the bariatric surgeon. We stress that only experienced bariatric surgeon should embark on these techniques. Inspecting the alimentary limb before the creation of the gastric pouch may prevent the need for such complex techniques.
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