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How do the surgeons minimize the chance of leaks from the Gastric Bypass?

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How do the surgeons minimize the chance of leaks from the Gastric Bypass?

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Our surgeons know that the best treatment for a serious problem like a leak is prevention. The key area of concern for a leak is the gastric pouch and the connection of the Roux limb to the pouch. In order to minimize the chance of a leak, during surgery the surgeon will make sure that: • the intestinal sections fit together without stretch or tension • all of the tissues have good blood supply to promote healing or “fusing” of the cut tissues • everything is watertight when the surgery is complete • The surgeon will always check this area at the end of surgery using some type of pressure test (air or blue dye) and possibly a scope to look at the area. • Surgery is not complete until there is no sign of leakage whatsoever.

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Our surgeons know that the best treatment for a serious problem like a leak is prevention. The key area of concern for a leak is the gastric pouch and the connection of the Roux limb to the pouch. In order to minimize the chance of a leak, during surgery the surgeon will make sure that: • the intestinal sections fit together without stretch or tension • all of the tissues have good blood supply to promote healing or “fusing” of the cut tissues • everything is watertight when the surgery is complete The surgeon will always check this area at the end of surgery using some type of pressure test (air or blue dye) and possibly a scope to look at the area. Surgery is not complete until there is no sign of leakage whatsoever.

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