Gastric Bypass: Gastrointestinal Bleeding

  • Ross L. McMahon

Gastrointestinal bleeding can be a complication of any gastrointestinal surgery. However, in bariatric surgery, and Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery in particular, gastrointestinal bleeding can cause symptoms in the postoperative period that are similar to other common postoperative complications (pulmonary embolism, leak/sepsis). The incidence of postoperative GIH after laparoscopic GBP ranges from 0.8% to 9.4%. In a recent series of 155 patients who underwent laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, the incidence of GIH was 3.2%.

Prompt recognition of bleeding, as well as prompt Identification of site, allows the bariatric surgeon to tailor the management of the patient and avoid unnecessary tests and procedures.


Bariatric Surgery Gastric Bypass Gastrointestinal Bleeding Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy Staple Line 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ross L. McMahon
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  1. 1.Medical Director, Department of Bariatric Surgery, Swedish Medical CenterSeattle

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