Endoscopy after bariatric surgery

Authors Chrysoula P. Malli, Athanasios D. Sioulas, Theodoros Emmanouil, George D. Dimitriadis, Konstantinos Triantafyllou.


Obesity is a global epidemic with signifi cant morbidity and mortality. Weight loss results in reduction of health risks and improvement in quality of life, thus representing a goal of paramount importance. Bariatric surgery is the most efficacious choice compared to conservative alternatives including diet, exercise, drugs and behavioral modifi cation to treat obese patients. Following bariatric operations, patients may present with upper gastrointestinal tract complaints that warrant endoscopic evaluation and the various bariatric surgery types are oft en linked to complications. A subset of these complications necessitates endoscopic interventions for accurate diagnosis and effective, minimal invasive treatment. This review aims to highlight the role of upper gastrointestinal endoscopy in patients who have undergone bariatric surgery to evaluate and potentially treat surgery-related complications and upper gastrointestinal symptoms.

Keywords Obesity, bariatric surgery, endoscopy, complications, altered gastrointestinal anatomy

Ann Gastroenterol 2016; 29 (3): 249-257

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