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Barriers to Timely Completion of Bariatric Surgery after Initial Consultation [Meeting Abstract]

Morin, N; Lim, D; Liu, S; Angelella, S; Bantis, K; Ghobrial, J; Shugol, L; Pillamarri, A; Ferzli, G
Introduction: Even though the benefits of bariatric surgery are clear, patients often become fatigued with a process that can take 4-6 months. This leads to high attrition rates. We surveyed bariatric patients to identify barriers and increase retention.
Method(s): A total of 208 patients who did not undergo definitive bariatric procedure were identified and surveyed for specific barriers to completion during a 1-year period from January 1st to December 31st. Patients were called and asked an open-ended question regarding barriers. The responses were recorded and analyzed by 1 faculty member.
Result(s): We identified 9 specific barriers to completion of bariatric surgery: 17.8% due to medical issues, 28.4% change of heart, 15.7% insurance/financial issues, 12% tedious process, 2.4% pregnant/trying, 2% relocated, 8.7% unhappy with surgeon, 12% lost weight without operation, 1% exceeded institutional weight limit. Among medical barriers, cardiac (21.6%) and acute illness or medical emergency (48.6%) were the 2 most common. A total of 28.4% were afraid of surgical complications or unsure of the efficacy of bariatric surgery, 12% felt the clearance process was too tedious and fatigued before completion, 5 patients became pregnant, 4 relocated, 8.7% were unhappy with surgeon, or office staff, and 12% lost weight without operation.
Conclusion(s): In order to break the barriers to bariatric surgery, our institution has increased prime-time educational sessions for patients and outreach for referring providers. We have also acquired a medical weight loss specialist for retention of patients with borderline BMIs, and we offer less invasive techniques for patients who are wary of surgery.
ISSN: 1879-1190
CID: 4120602

Update of Guidelines for laparoscopic treatment of ventral and incisional abdominal wall hernias (International Endohernia Society (IEHS))-Part A

Bittner, R; Bain, K; Bansal, V K; Berrevoet, F; Bingener-Casey, J; Chen, D; Chen, J; Chowbey, P; Dietz, U A; de Beaux, A; Ferzli, G; Fortelny, R; Hoffmann, H; Iskander, M; Ji, Z; Jorgensen, L; Khullar, R; Kirchhoff, P; Köckerling, F; Kukleta, J; LeBlanc, K; Li, J; Lomanto, D; Mayer, F; Meytes, V; Misra, M; Morales-Conde, S; Niebuhr, H; Radvinsky, D; Ramshaw, B; Ranev, D; Reinpold, W; Sharma, A; Schrittwieser, R; Stechemesser, B; Sutedja, B; Tang, J; Warren, J; Weyhe, D; Wiegering, A; Woeste, G; Yao, Q
In 2014, the International Endohernia Society (IEHS) published the first international "Guidelines for laparoscopic treatment of ventral and incisional abdominal wall hernias." Guidelines reflect the currently best available evidence in diagnostics and therapy and give recommendations to help surgeons to standardize their techniques and to improve their results. However, science is a dynamic field which is continuously developing. Therefore, guidelines require regular updates to keep pace with the evolving literature.
PMID: 31250243
ISSN: 1432-2218
CID: 3971582

Utility of the incentive spirometer [Meeting Abstract]

Morin, N; Blessen, G; King, E; Ferzli, G
Introduction: There is uncertainty as to whether the incentive spirometer (IS) confers a clinical benefit or reduces inpatient pulmonary complications when correlated with the most common hospital diagnoses. Does the patient know how to use one correctly, is it prescribed for the appropriate diagnosis, and is it at the bedside? if so, is it within reach? Our study aims to determine the patterns of use of the incentive spirometer.
Method(s): From September 2016 to August 2017, patients admitted for more than 24 h were included.192 surgical and 206 medical patients were surveyed for usage and observed for receipt of the IS device. Questions asked where: Have you ever used the IS? ''Have you been instructed on how to use the incentive spirometer? Have you used it today? How many times in the last hour have you used the IS? What is the number one reason for you to not effectively use the IS? Other questions: Did the patient receive the IS device? Did the patient have the capacity to use the IS? Was the IS within reach? Was the package open? Did the patient demonstrate correct usage of the IS?'' We correlated our literature search with the top 10 most common admitting diagnosis and procedures at our institution.
Result(s): Of the 192 surgical patients observed, 147 received the device. 72% of these patients demonstrated correct usage. 60% used the device that day, but only 15.6% for the prescribed 10 times/hour. It was in reach of 80.3%. Average use per hour was 2.79 times. 3% of surgical patients did not have capacity. The IS was out of reach for 9%. 12% reported that they did not know how to use the device. The most frequently reported reason among surgery and medical patients for not using the IS appropriately was pain (60% and 67%, respectively). Of the 206 observed medical patients, only 22% (45 patients) have received the device with only half admitting to using it on the day of questioning. 22% of these patients didn't know how to use the IS, and it was out of reach in 7%. 80% had been educated. 57.8% showed correct usage. 100% of medical patients had capacity to use it. Medical patients use averaged 1.47 times per hour.
Conclusion(s): Our data show that the IS device has poor availability, improper application, and poor compliance among inpatient medical and surgical patients
ISSN: 1432-2218
CID: 3811502

Laparoscopic repair of cecal bascule [Meeting Abstract]

Liu, S; Morin, N; Meytes, V; Ferzli, G
Introduction: Cecal volvulus is a rare form of obstruction that occurs when there is torsion or rotation of mobile cecum or ascending colon. It accounts for only 1-3% of all adult intestinal obstructions and is believed to have three main subtypes: clockwise axial rotation, loop torsion of the cecum with the terminal ileum, and anterior-superior folding without rotation-known as a cecal bascule. Cecal bascule presents less commonly, is less likely to create vascular compromise, and more frequently occurs in younger female patients. While abdominal plain film may reveal a characteristic ''coffee bean'' shaped cecum, computed tomography remains more specific in identifying cecal volvulus, differentiating between subtypes, and risk stratifying patients for operative management. We present the case of a 41 year old female with a cecal bascule treated with laparoscopic cecopexy and incidental appendectomy. Case Presentation: 41 year old female with surgical history of abdominoplasty and caesarean section presents with 3 days of severe right lower quadrant abdominal pain with multiple episodes of nausea and vomiting. CT demonstrated cecal bascule formation without features of ischemic change or perforation. Patient was brought to the operating room and a redundant right colon with floppy cecum was identified. Multiple interrupted sutures were placed between the colonic tenia and lateral peritoneum to restrict the mobility of the cecum. Due to the retrocecal location of the appendix following cecopexy, an incidental appendectomy was performed. The patient had an uncomplicated postoperative course with unremarkable outpatient follow up.
Discussion(s): Cecal bascule is an uncommon form of cecal volvulus with anterior folding that can lead to obstructive symptoms. Initial diagnostic imaging may include abdominal plain film; however CT is more sensitive and assists with diagnostic specificity and operative planning. Nonsurgical treatment of cecal volvulus via endoscopy is limited, relatively ineffective, and associated with increased ischemia. Thus, surgical management should be the primary treatment modality. If nonviable bowel is encountered intraoperatively, resection is mandatory. With viable bowel, surgical management includes detorsion and fixation with cecopexy or hemicolectomy. Studies have shown increased risk of recurrence with cecopexy so many advocate for hemicolectomy as a definitive procedure. However, hemicolectomy is comparatively associated with increased mortality. Ultimately the choice of operation should be based on patient risk stratification, viability of the involved bowel segment, and operator experience
ISSN: 1432-2218
CID: 3811542

Bleeding dieulafoy ulcer after gastric sleeve: A case report and examination of the need for preoperative esophagogastroduodenoscopy before bariatric surgery [Meeting Abstract]

Nicoara, M; Morin, N; Liu, S; Vulpe, C; Ferzli, G
Introduction: There is still controversy regarding whether or not a preoperative esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) should be done before bariatric surgery; does it change surgical course, and does it prevent postoperative complications? Here we present a relevant case and review the current literature relating to preoperative EGDs in bariatric surgery. Case Presentation: A 51 year female presents for preoperative workup prior to undergoing a restrictive bariatric procedure. A standard institutional preoperative workup was performed without an EGD. Patient returned postoperative day number two with hematemesis. Emergent EGD showed clotted blood in the stomach and a Dieulafoy ulcer that was successfully clipped by the endoscopist.
Method(s): A literature review was performed using Pubmed. Search term ''EGD bariatric surgery'' was used.
Result(s): PubMed search returned 50 papers, and 13 were selected for review due to their relevance; 4 against EGD, 5 in favor of EGD, and 4 in favor if patient has reflux symptoms.
Discussion(s): A Dieulafoy ulcer is rare, accounting for 1-2% of upper gastrointestinal bleeding presentations. Our patient presented with classic findings of this lesion: larger diameter vessel on the lesser curve of the stomach, about 6 cm from the gastroesophageal junction, with vessel protruding through a mucosal defect with active arterial bleeding. It is uncertain if a preoperative EGD would have located this lesions and/or provided a means for intervention before presentation. Our literature review on the subject shows that preoperative EGD rarely changes surgical management. They do change medical management in a significant number of cases. With the majority of papers in favor of preoperative EGD (albeit 4 only if patient has symptoms of GERD) there is evidence in favor of performing a preoperative EGD before bariatric surgery.
Conclusion(s): The current literature is equivocal regarding a preoperative EGD as it rarely changes the surgical management, but often changes the medical management. Even though the yield is small, we recommend preoperative EGD before bariatric procedures for medical optimization; in order to avoid the potentially devastating consequences associated with a missed lesions such as the one presented
ISSN: 1432-2218
CID: 3811552

The surgical management of ingested sharp foreign objects in the small bowel (adults): A case series and review of the literature [Meeting Abstract]

Morin, N; Liu, S; King, E; Ferzli, G
Introduction: The surgical management of arrested sharp foreign bodies (FB) in the small bowel is often managed with a concurrent approach that balances endoscopy, laparoscopy, and laparotomy for their removal. Controversy exists as to the timing of surgical intervention and the management of asymptomatic patients. Here we discuss the management and present a case series with a review of the current literature. Cases Series: Patient one underwent endoscopic retrieval of a wire bristle embedded in the duodenum. Patient two underwent diagnostic laparoscopy converted to open small bowel resection of chronically retained FB after it eroded through the bowel wall of the mid jejunum. Patient three underwent laparoscopic removal via enterotomy and primary repair of a chicken bone embedded in the terminal ileum.
Discussion(s): Any arrested sharp foreign body should be surgically removed in a timely fashion. The literature shows that longer delays to the operating room, and asymptomatic patients with retained small FBs, increases the risk of significant morbidity; such as migration of the FB through the bowel wall, enterocolic fistula, aortic - duodenal fistula, and frank acute perforation. Any known or suspected ingestion of a sharp FB should be staged with imaging if it is detectable. If progression fails, then surgery is indicated. If it has arrested in the stomach or duodenum endoscopic retrieval is appropriate. A skilled endoscopist can attempt balloon endoscopy for proximal jejunal FB retrieval, but retrieval should not be delayed. Laparoscopic retrieval is preferable when endoscopic attempts have failed. This can be performed via an enterotomy and primary repair for small FBs or laparoscopic small bowel resection with primary anastomosis. If there is frank perforation (or a skilled laparoscopic surgeon is not available) then a laparotomy and washout with resection of affected segment may be indicated.
Conclusion(s): Retrieval after ingestion of a sharp FB should be performed in a timely manner. A review of the literature shows that chronically retained FBs, and traditional long delays to monitor for transit of the FB increase morbidity and mortality
ISSN: 1432-2218
CID: 3811582

Laparoscopic totally extra-peritoneal (TEP) inguinal hernia repair

Ferzli, George; Iskander, Mazen
Laparoscopic totally extraperitoneal (TEP) inguinal hernia repair is an effective minimally invasive method for treating hernias that avoids entry into the abdomen. Its indications have developed and broadened over time to encompass almost the whole spectrum of groin hernias. A detailed description of the procedure is presented focusing on seven key steps. Moreover, pre- and intra-operative considerations, pearls and pitfalls are highlighted in order to maximize efficiency and safety when performing this procedure. The attached figures and accompanying narrated videos complement this manuscript by providing an audiovisual adjunct and to clarify technical and anatomical descriptions
ISSN: 2518-6973
CID: 3763162

Controversies in the preoperative workup for bariatric surgery: A review of the literature and recommendations from a bariatric center of excellence [Meeting Abstract]

Garraud, C; Lim, D; Liu, S; Bain, K; Ferzli, G
Introduction: The preoperative workup for the bariatric patient varies from institution to institution and uncertainty exists in the literature as to the utility of certain aspects of the workup; such as routine esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), screening adults and adolescence for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and management of asymptomatic cholelithiasis. In this submission we review the literature on controversial aspects of the bariatric preoperative workup, discuss the issues, and offer our institutional recommendations.
Method(s): PUBMED search terms: 'EGD bariatric surgery,' 'cholecystectomy bariatric surgery,' 'obstructive sleep apnea bariatric surgery'. 850 total articles were returned and 20 from each category were selected by the authors for their direct relevance to the preoperative workup before bariatric surgery.
Result(s): After a review of the literature, we recommend OSA screening of adult bariatric patients with an approved questionnaire and treatment with continuous positive airway pressure therapy (CPAP) for 30 days preoperatively and continuation postoperatively. We recommend against routine screening and treatment of adolescence for OSA. We recommend against synchronous cholecystectomy with bariatric procedures for asymptomatic cholelithiasis. We recommend for the use of ursodeoxycholic acid pre and postoperatively for cholelithiasis prophylaxis. We recommend for the use of preoperative EGD in mucosal altering procedures, such as the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, or duodenal switch. We recommend against a routine EGD before the gastric banding. We recommend routine proton pump inhibitor (PPI) use preoperatively when symptomatic.
Conclusion(s): When current literature is equivocal, clinical decision making and institutional guidelines target the best preoperative workup for each bariatric patient. The recommendations for our preoperative workup and algorithm for testing is driven by our clinical experience and best interpretation of available data
ISSN: 1432-2218
CID: 4549522

Cholecystomegaly: Management and treatment [Meeting Abstract]

Garraud, C; Liu, S; Morin, N; Ferzli, G; Sinha, P
Case Presentation: Patient is a 22 year old female with no significant past medical or surgical history presented to the emergency department with a 2 day history of worsening sharp right upper quadrant pain with associated nausea, vomiting, and PO intolerance. The pain started a few months prior, however it was self-limited with diet modifications. An ultrasound demonstrated a contracted gallbladder with a 15 mm gallbladder wall. White blood cell count was within normal limits and total bilirubin was slightly elevated to 1.8 mg/dL. No palpable mass was noted on physical exam. An MR cholangiopancreatography was performed which demonstrated a dilated gallbladder measuring 11.5 x 2.5 cm, a severely thickened gallbladder with a small intramural collection and multiple gallstones. The patient proceeded with a laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Intraoperatively, the omentum was densely adhered to the gallbladder and needle decompression of the gallbladder was unsuccessful due to the wall thickness. The gallbladder was subsequently removed without any complications. Patient's remaining hospital course was uncomplicated. Surgical pathology returned demonstrating acute on chronic cholecystitis.
Discussion(s): Cholecystomegaly or 'Giant Gallbladder' disease is a rare pathology encountered in the surgical world. There have been few reported cases, most of which occurred in the elderly ([65 years). Kuznetsov et al. defined an enlarged gallbladder to have a volume of 200-300 cc and a giant gallbladder as exceeding 1500 cc (the average weight of the liver). The etiology remains unknown, however certain factors exist to allow the gallbladder to reach this size without life-threatening sequela. Preoperative imaging, such as MR cholangiopancreatography, is important to differentiate biliary pathology and delineate anatomy. Removal of the gallbladder is recommended to prevent the development of complications like cholangitis or bowel obstruction. The cause of cholecystomegaly still remains uncertain and warrants further research. The management and treatment remains similar to acute cholecystitis
ISSN: 1432-2218
CID: 4550312

Dieulafoy's lesion discovered after laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy

Liu, Shinban; Nicoara, Michael; Morin, Nicholas; Ferzli, George
PMID: 30567207
ISSN: 1757-790x
CID: 3556652