Eight patients underwent laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass from May 1998 to September 1998 in which a hand-assist technique was used. The operation consisted of a 7.5-cm periumbilical midline incision along with three trocars placed in the upper abdomen. The operative times ranged from 2.25 to 4.5 h. The average preoperative body mass index was 44 kg/m.2 Three- month postoperative follow-up revealed an average weight loss of 59 lb. Cosmetic results to date have been excellent even when compared with those of a total laparoscopic operation. The hand-assist technique allows the surgeon to have more control over the most difficult part of the case, which is manipulation of the small bowel in a morbidly obese abdomen.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Journal of Laparoendoscopic and Advanced Surgical Techniques - Part A|
|State||Published - Oct 1999|
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