Using Video Analysis to Understand and Improve Technical Quality in Bariatric Surgery

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Purpose of Review

Bariatric surgery is the most effective and durable treatment for severe obesity. Operative technique for some bariatric procedures can be technically challenging and requires an advanced skill set. Variation in procedure type, operative technique, and surgeon skill can affect outcomes.

Recent Findings

Most bariatric surgery is performed laparoscopically, allowing for video recording and thus an opportunity to study videos for quality improvement.


Current strategies for utilizing surgical videos are discussed herein, along with our early experience and specific areas for future growth.

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    Varban, O.A., Ghaferi, A.A. & Dimick, J.B. Using Video Analysis to Understand and Improve Technical Quality in Bariatric Surgery. Curr Surg Rep 5, 6 (2017) doi:10.1007/s40137-017-0170-9

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    • Bariatric surgery
    • Sleeve gastrectomy
    • Gastric bypass
    • Outcomes
    • Complications
    • Technique
    • Video assessment