Situs Inversus during Bariatric Surgery: A Retrospective Analyze


Background: We were reporting three cases of Situs Inversus in morbidly obese patients that were submitted a laparoscopic gastric bypass (LGBP). The condition itself was not a serious hazard to normal, healthy patients but, may cause difficulties in the diagnosis and management of abdominal pathology. The incidence of surgical disease did not seem to be different as in the general population, but its presentation, diagnosis and the operative procedure were. This was particularly true for laparoscopic surgery. Methods: From January 1999 to June 2015, 3047 morbidly obese patients underwent. Three patients with Situs Inverse (SI), two of the three with Situs Inversus Totalis (SIT), and one with Situs Inversus Parcialis (SIP) were submitted to a laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass with no major difficulties. The mean age was 45 years (39 - 49), BMI 37.7 kg/m2, two of the above patients were female. Results: The LGBP was completed successfully in two of the three patients with SI. The mean duration of surgery was a 167 minutes, ranging from 110 - 210 minutes. The hospital stay was 5 days (3 - 8). Conclusions: The benefits of surgery were evident, even in the patients with SI; as there was no need for ICU admission and patients had an early hospital discharge. Morbidly obese patients with SI might be submitted to LGBP. This procedure was feasible and safe when the diagnosis was pre-operatively confirmed, and the surgical team made proper adjustments.

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Tinoco, A. , Bussad, A. , Tinoco, R. and El-Kadre, L. (2015) Situs Inversus during Bariatric Surgery: A Retrospective Analyze. Surgical Science, 6, 454-458. doi: 10.4236/ss.2015.610065.

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