Interventional Radiology, Is There a Role for the Surgeon?

  • Mariano Palermo
  • Pablo Acquafresca
  • Mariano Gimenez


Obesity is a growing problem all over the world, especially in the United States, Europe, and Australia. Currently, bariatric surgery offers the only effective long-term weight loss therapy for morbidly obese patients. Increased media attention to these procedures as well as the newer option of laparoscopic treatment has led patients and surgeons to embrace this surgical option in an elevated number, particularly the option of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGBP) and sleeve gastrectomy (SG). Obesity surgery also has significant rates of complications, which can be as high as 32.8%, such as anastomotic or staple line leaks, abdominal abscess, gastrointestinal bleeding, intestinal obstruction, anastomotic strictures, choledocholithiasis in patients with modified anatomy due to RYGB, and acute gastric dilatation, among others.

It is important for the bariatric surgeon to recognize these complications and know which of them can be solved in a minimal invasive way in order to offer to patients the best treatment.


Complications Bariatric surgery Percutaneous surgery Treatment Minimally invasive surgery 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mariano Palermo
    • 1
  • Pablo Acquafresca
    • 2
  • Mariano Gimenez
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Bariatric SurgeryCentro CIEN– DiagnomedBuenos AiresArgentina
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryDAICIM FoundationBuenos AiresArgentina

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