Late Perforation and Abscess Formation at the Site of the Jejunojejunal Anastomosis Following Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery
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Late complications involving the site of the jejunojejunal (J-J) anastomosis are uncommon after laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. We present a case of a perforation at the J-J anastomosis complicated by the formation of an abscess 6 months after surgery. Following clinical and radiological evaluation, the patient underwent an exploratory laparoscopy which had to be converted to an open technique because of technical difficulties. The abscess was drained, the anastomosis was resected, and a new anastomosis was undertaken. When the surgical specimen was inspected, a perforation was found at the site of the previous J-J anastomosis. The patient had an uneventful recovery. To our knowledge, this is the first report of the formation of an abscess due to a perforation at the site of the J-J anastomosis after laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery. This complication, although rare, should be taken into account in patients with abdominal pain and systemic inflammatory response syndrome after bariatric surgery.
KeywordsRoux-en-Y gastric bypass Bariatric surgery Postoperative complications