An unusual complication of gastric banding: Recurrent small bowel obstruction caused by the connecting tube

Marco A. Zappa, E. Lattuada, E. Mozzi, M. Francese, I. Antonini, S. Radaelli, G. Roviaro

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Abstract

Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) is a widely performed surgical procedure for morbid obesity. The application of this mini-invasive approach has given the benefits of shorter hospital stay, less post-operative pain and quicker functional recovery. LAGB complications are related either to the access-port, such as port-site infection or tubing disconnection, or to the band, such as band slippage, pouch dilatation, or intragastric migration. We report a case of recurrent small bowel obstruction caused by the connecting tube around a jejunal loop, in a woman who had undergone LAGB 3 years before. The diagnosis was difficult to establish because the clinical history and examination were non-specific. A 3-dimensional CT scan was needed to explain the cause of the recurrent abdominal pain, and the small bowel loop was freed from the connecting tube at laparoscopy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)939-941
Number of pages3
JournalObesity Surgery
Volume16
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2006

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Keywords

  • Band complications
  • Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding
  • Morbid obesity
  • Small bowel ostruction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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Zappa, M. A., Lattuada, E., Mozzi, E., Francese, M., Antonini, I., Radaelli, S., & Roviaro, G. (2006). An unusual complication of gastric banding: Recurrent small bowel obstruction caused by the connecting tube. Obesity Surgery, 16(7), 939-941. https://doi.org/10.1381/096089206777822250