Microorganisms in the Stomach During Vertical Banded Gastroplasty
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Vertical banded gastroplasty involves the cutting of a stapled window against an Ewald tube passed perorally, and creation of a vertical staple-line partition. The channel at the window is banded by a polypropylene mesh collar. A study of the gastric rings removed at this operation found that the bacterial colonization rate was 46.8%, so that the potential for infection of the collar exists. The actual significance of this finding is unknown.
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