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Bariatric Surgery/Gastric bypass and the pancreas


What is the commonality of hitting the pancreas during gastric bypass surgery? My wife had gastric bypass revision back in Feb. and the surgeon hit her pancreas. She has been in ICU ever since then. At times I am encouraged by her results and others I am not. Any information that you can provide I would appreciate it.

Hi Walter:

I'm very sorry to hear about your wife.  I will keep her and you in my prayers during this difficult time.

I searched on PubMed and a few other sites and did not find anything that mentioned nicking the pancreas.  You might want to ask the surgeon who answers questions on this site to see if he has any data.

In general, however, serious surgical complication rates for the Lap-RNY tend to depend on hospital volume.  Lower volume hospitals had a surgical complication rate of around 4%.

Sorry I can't be of more help,

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I'm very familiar with the four main types of bariatric surgery: Lap-Band/Adjustable Gastric Band, Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy, Roux-en-Y, and Duodenal Switch. I'm familiar with the Mini-Gastric Bypass and Revisions as well. I'm also beginning my seventh year post-op as a successful bariatric patient--so I can answer questions regarding pre-op, post-op honeymoon, and maintenance phases. I'm less familiar with the nuances of plastic surgery following bariatric surgery--but I do know a bit.


Have been an avid researcher of the science of obesity and bariatric surgery for over ten years now. My professional career used to involve medical device research.

Master's in Business Administration.

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