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The VERSA LIFTER BAND™: a new option for liver retraction in laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass for morbid obesity
During laparoscopic bariatric procedures in morbidly obese patients, the surgeon's operative view is often obscured by the hypertrophic adipose left lobe of the liver.
To provide adequate operative views and working space, an appropriate retraction of the left liver lobe is required.
The use of a conventional liver retractor mandates an additional subxiphoid wound, resulting in patient discomfort for pain and scar formation, with the additional risk of iatrogenic liver injury during retraction maneuvers.
To overcome these limitations, we present the use of a simple, rapid, and safe technique for liver retraction using the VERSA LIFTER™ Band disposable liver suspension system or retractor.
A D'Urso, M Vix, B Dallemagne, HA Mercoli, D Mutter, J Marescaux
Surgical intervention
3 years ago
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03:48
The VERSA LIFTER BAND™: a new option for liver retraction in laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass for morbid obesity
During laparoscopic bariatric procedures in morbidly obese patients, the surgeon's operative view is often obscured by the hypertrophic adipose left lobe of the liver.
To provide adequate operative views and working space, an appropriate retraction of the left liver lobe is required.
The use of a conventional liver retractor mandates an additional subxiphoid wound, resulting in patient discomfort for pain and scar formation, with the additional risk of iatrogenic liver injury during retraction maneuvers.
To overcome these limitations, we present the use of a simple, rapid, and safe technique for liver retraction using the VERSA LIFTER™ Band disposable liver suspension system or retractor.
Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy for morbid obesity in a superobese woman
Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy has become a genuine morbid obesity procedure. Its frequency of use is quickly increasing as compared to other interventions. The rationale for such a success stems from the fact that the procedure is easy to perform, and weight loss is comparable to laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass at least during the first three years. Its main immediate postoperative complication is the occurrence of fistula at the superior part of the cardia. Remotely, increased gastroesophageal reflux and strictures at the middle part of the stomach (at the incisura) can be observed. Although the technique seems easy, it should be performed in an extremely rigorous fashion to minimize complications. This video demonstrates the performance of a stepwise sleeve gastrectomy. Authors lay special emphasis on the entire steps which allow to reduce the risk of complications.
A Cardoso Ramos, M Galvao Neto
Surgical intervention
5 years ago
6507 views
84 likes
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19:26
Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy for morbid obesity in a superobese woman
Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy has become a genuine morbid obesity procedure. Its frequency of use is quickly increasing as compared to other interventions. The rationale for such a success stems from the fact that the procedure is easy to perform, and weight loss is comparable to laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass at least during the first three years. Its main immediate postoperative complication is the occurrence of fistula at the superior part of the cardia. Remotely, increased gastroesophageal reflux and strictures at the middle part of the stomach (at the incisura) can be observed. Although the technique seems easy, it should be performed in an extremely rigorous fashion to minimize complications. This video demonstrates the performance of a stepwise sleeve gastrectomy. Authors lay special emphasis on the entire steps which allow to reduce the risk of complications.
Gastric bypass: surgical treatment of morbid obesity
Morbid obesity is a major health concern in so many countries. It is associated with severe life-threatening co-morbidities. Unfortunately, many studies have proven that non-surgical approaches to lose weight are doomed to fail. There is good evidence that bariatric surgery is the most enduring and efficacious means of tackling morbid obesity with regards to long-term weight loss.

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is today one of the gold standard surgeries. It is based on several mechanisms: restriction, malabsorption, and changes in gut hormones secretions.
In this chapter, all aspects of this bariatric procedure such as anatomical details, indications, contraindications, surgical setting and technical details are carefully presented.
M Vix
Operative technique
10 years ago
7225 views
166 likes
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Gastric bypass: surgical treatment of morbid obesity
Morbid obesity is a major health concern in so many countries. It is associated with severe life-threatening co-morbidities. Unfortunately, many studies have proven that non-surgical approaches to lose weight are doomed to fail. There is good evidence that bariatric surgery is the most enduring and efficacious means of tackling morbid obesity with regards to long-term weight loss.

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is today one of the gold standard surgeries. It is based on several mechanisms: restriction, malabsorption, and changes in gut hormones secretions.
In this chapter, all aspects of this bariatric procedure such as anatomical details, indications, contraindications, surgical setting and technical details are carefully presented.
Morbid obesity surgery: laparoscopic gastric banding
The description of morbid obesity surgery: laparoscopic gastric banding covers all aspects of the surgical procedure used for the management of morbid obesity.
Operating room set up, position of patient and equipment, instruments used are thoroughly described. The technical key steps of the surgical procedure are presented in a step by step way: creation of pneumoperitoneum, trocar placement, Instruments, exposure, retrogastric tunnel, dissection/variation, intraoperative complications, band fixation, fixation/reservoir, postoperative period, band calibration.
Consequently, this operating technique is well standardized for the management of this condition.
C Desaive, JM Zimmermann, M Vix
Operative technique
18 years ago
1833 views
73 likes
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Morbid obesity surgery: laparoscopic gastric banding
The description of morbid obesity surgery: laparoscopic gastric banding covers all aspects of the surgical procedure used for the management of morbid obesity.
Operating room set up, position of patient and equipment, instruments used are thoroughly described. The technical key steps of the surgical procedure are presented in a step by step way: creation of pneumoperitoneum, trocar placement, Instruments, exposure, retrogastric tunnel, dissection/variation, intraoperative complications, band fixation, fixation/reservoir, postoperative period, band calibration.
Consequently, this operating technique is well standardized for the management of this condition.
Laparoscopic revision of Nissen fundoplication to Roux-en-Y gastric bypass
Introduction: Obesity is a known etiological factor for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and is also a growing public health concern. Although Nissen fundoplication is a highly effective technique to treat GERD, it may fail in obese patients. Roux-en-Y gastric bypass provides excellent long-term control of GERD symptoms with the additional benefit of weight loss.
Clinical case: A 57-year-old woman underwent a laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication for GERD (BMI 30.0 Kg/m2) with excellent outcomes during the first postoperative year in 2011. Two years later, GERD symptoms recurred, and her weight increased progressively (BMI of 36.0 Kg/m2). The patient was proposed to a laparoscopic conversion of Nissen fundoplication to a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. The procedure was uneventful, and the patient was discharged on postoperative day 4. One year later, she remained asymptomatic, off antacids medication, and with her weight decreased to 63.5Kg which corresponded to a BMI of 25.4 Kg/m2.
Discussion/conclusion: Roux-en-Y gastric bypass successfully reduces GERD symptoms by diverting bile away from the esophagus, decreasing acid production in the gastric pouch, therefore limiting the amount of acid reflux and by promoting weight loss decreases abdominal pressure over the lower esophageal sphincter and esophageal hiatus. In obese patients (BMI>35) with GERD, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass seems to be the most effective and advantageous treatment since it provides control of GERD symptoms with the additional benefit of weight loss. In patients who have previously undergone anti-reflux surgery, bariatric surgery can be technically demanding. However, if performed by high-volume surgeons in high-volume centers, it is perfectly feasible with low morbidity and excellent results.
J Magalhães, AM Pereira, T Fonseca, R Ferreira de Almeida, M Nora
Surgical intervention
5 months ago
1431 views
3 likes
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09:34
Laparoscopic revision of Nissen fundoplication to Roux-en-Y gastric bypass
Introduction: Obesity is a known etiological factor for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and is also a growing public health concern. Although Nissen fundoplication is a highly effective technique to treat GERD, it may fail in obese patients. Roux-en-Y gastric bypass provides excellent long-term control of GERD symptoms with the additional benefit of weight loss.
Clinical case: A 57-year-old woman underwent a laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication for GERD (BMI 30.0 Kg/m2) with excellent outcomes during the first postoperative year in 2011. Two years later, GERD symptoms recurred, and her weight increased progressively (BMI of 36.0 Kg/m2). The patient was proposed to a laparoscopic conversion of Nissen fundoplication to a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. The procedure was uneventful, and the patient was discharged on postoperative day 4. One year later, she remained asymptomatic, off antacids medication, and with her weight decreased to 63.5Kg which corresponded to a BMI of 25.4 Kg/m2.
Discussion/conclusion: Roux-en-Y gastric bypass successfully reduces GERD symptoms by diverting bile away from the esophagus, decreasing acid production in the gastric pouch, therefore limiting the amount of acid reflux and by promoting weight loss decreases abdominal pressure over the lower esophageal sphincter and esophageal hiatus. In obese patients (BMI>35) with GERD, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass seems to be the most effective and advantageous treatment since it provides control of GERD symptoms with the additional benefit of weight loss. In patients who have previously undergone anti-reflux surgery, bariatric surgery can be technically demanding. However, if performed by high-volume surgeons in high-volume centers, it is perfectly feasible with low morbidity and excellent results.
Advanced bariatric surgery: reduced port simplified gastric bypass, a reproducible 3-port technique
Minimally invasive surgery is a field of continuous evolution and the advantages of this approach is no longer a matter of debate. The laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (LRYGB) has shown to be the cornerstone in the treatment of morbid obesity and so far all the efforts in this technique have been conducted to demonstrate safety and efficacy. Nowadays, reduced port surgery is regaining momentum as the evolution of minimally invasive surgery.
The purpose is to describe our technique of LRYGB, which mimics all the fundamental aspects of the “simplified gastric bypass” described by A. Cardoso Ramos et al. in a conventional laparoscopic surgical approach (5 ports) while incorporating some innovative technical features to reduce the quantity of ports. Despite the use of only three trocars, there is no problem with exposure or ergonomics, which represent major drawbacks when performing reduced port surgery.

Our technique can be a useful and feasible tool in selected patients in order to minimize parietal trauma and its possible complications, to improve cosmetic results, and to indirectly avoid the need for a second assistant, thereby improving the logistics, team dynamics, and economic aspects of the procedure.

In our experience, this technique is indicated as primary surgery in patients without previous surgery and with a BMI ranging from 35 to 50. Major contraindications are liver steatosis, superobese patients, and potentially revisional surgery. Although based on the experience of the team, we had also to perform revisional surgery mostly from ring vertical gastroplasty.

From January 2015 to June 2017, we analyzed 72 consecutive cases in our institution with a mean initial BMI of 43.12 (range: 30.1-58.7) using this approach, and the mean operative time was 64.77 minutes (range: 30-155, n=72) and excluding revisional cases or cases associated with cholecystectomy (58.72 min, range: 30-104, n=62).

This approach should be performed by highly skilled surgeons experienced with conventional Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and with one of the patients feeling particularly comfortable. We strongly suggest using additional trocars if patient safety is jeopardized.
D Lipski, D Garcilazo Arismendi, S Targa
Surgical intervention
1 year ago
3095 views
424 likes
0 comments
07:37
Advanced bariatric surgery: reduced port simplified gastric bypass, a reproducible 3-port technique
Minimally invasive surgery is a field of continuous evolution and the advantages of this approach is no longer a matter of debate. The laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (LRYGB) has shown to be the cornerstone in the treatment of morbid obesity and so far all the efforts in this technique have been conducted to demonstrate safety and efficacy. Nowadays, reduced port surgery is regaining momentum as the evolution of minimally invasive surgery.
The purpose is to describe our technique of LRYGB, which mimics all the fundamental aspects of the “simplified gastric bypass” described by A. Cardoso Ramos et al. in a conventional laparoscopic surgical approach (5 ports) while incorporating some innovative technical features to reduce the quantity of ports. Despite the use of only three trocars, there is no problem with exposure or ergonomics, which represent major drawbacks when performing reduced port surgery.

Our technique can be a useful and feasible tool in selected patients in order to minimize parietal trauma and its possible complications, to improve cosmetic results, and to indirectly avoid the need for a second assistant, thereby improving the logistics, team dynamics, and economic aspects of the procedure.

In our experience, this technique is indicated as primary surgery in patients without previous surgery and with a BMI ranging from 35 to 50. Major contraindications are liver steatosis, superobese patients, and potentially revisional surgery. Although based on the experience of the team, we had also to perform revisional surgery mostly from ring vertical gastroplasty.

From January 2015 to June 2017, we analyzed 72 consecutive cases in our institution with a mean initial BMI of 43.12 (range: 30.1-58.7) using this approach, and the mean operative time was 64.77 minutes (range: 30-155, n=72) and excluding revisional cases or cases associated with cholecystectomy (58.72 min, range: 30-104, n=62).

This approach should be performed by highly skilled surgeons experienced with conventional Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and with one of the patients feeling particularly comfortable. We strongly suggest using additional trocars if patient safety is jeopardized.
Fully robotic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass
Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is becoming increasingly popular. The use of the surgical robot is developing rapidly, and this is especially true for digestive surgery. The aim of this video is to show that Roux-en-Y gastric bypass can be performed using a totally robotic approach. When using the robot, one follows the same steps as for a conventional intervention. The 3D vision and the degrees of freedom of the instruments facilitate the dissection, especially around the cardia, and for suturing procedures. The surgeon takes advantage of the console's user friendly set-up which does not put his/her shoulders or back in a vulnerable position, as they sometimes are when using a laparoscopic approach.
M Vix, B Seeliger, D Mutter, J Marescaux
Surgical intervention
5 months ago
1326 views
4 likes
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12:00
Fully robotic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass
Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is becoming increasingly popular. The use of the surgical robot is developing rapidly, and this is especially true for digestive surgery. The aim of this video is to show that Roux-en-Y gastric bypass can be performed using a totally robotic approach. When using the robot, one follows the same steps as for a conventional intervention. The 3D vision and the degrees of freedom of the instruments facilitate the dissection, especially around the cardia, and for suturing procedures. The surgeon takes advantage of the console's user friendly set-up which does not put his/her shoulders or back in a vulnerable position, as they sometimes are when using a laparoscopic approach.
Bariatric and metabolic surgery
In this authoritative lecture, Dr. Michel Vix highlighted the indications related to metabolic and morbid obesity surgery. He presented key anatomical landmarks and operating room (OR) set-up depending on every patient. He briefly described the main principles of port placement and pneumoperitoneum, and demonstrated maneuvers, indications, and main key steps of morbid obesity procedures including LAGB, SBPD-DS, Scopinaro, RYGB, Mini Gastric Bypass, and Sleeve Gastrectomy, along with their technical aspects, mortality, morbidity, effectiveness, and results using different studies and meta-analyses. He also demonstrated the main principles and key steps of new trends and approaches in bariatric and metabolic surgery with complications and technical therapeutic aspects.
M Vix
Lecture
1 year ago
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273 likes
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04:52
Bariatric and metabolic surgery
In this authoritative lecture, Dr. Michel Vix highlighted the indications related to metabolic and morbid obesity surgery. He presented key anatomical landmarks and operating room (OR) set-up depending on every patient. He briefly described the main principles of port placement and pneumoperitoneum, and demonstrated maneuvers, indications, and main key steps of morbid obesity procedures including LAGB, SBPD-DS, Scopinaro, RYGB, Mini Gastric Bypass, and Sleeve Gastrectomy, along with their technical aspects, mortality, morbidity, effectiveness, and results using different studies and meta-analyses. He also demonstrated the main principles and key steps of new trends and approaches in bariatric and metabolic surgery with complications and technical therapeutic aspects.