Intussusception - A Long Term Post Op RNY Complication

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on 5/5/11 12:06 am, edited 5/5/11 6:26 am

Intussusception (in-tuh-suh-SEP-shun) is a serious disorder in which part of the intestine — either the small intestine or colon — slides into another part of the intestine. This "telescoping" often blocks the intestine, preventing food or fluid from passing through. Intussusception also cuts off the blood supply to the part of the intestine that's affected.

Illustration showing intussusception

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on 5/5/11 12:34 am, edited 5/5/11 1:07 am

Intussusception after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass for morbid obesity: case report and literature review of rare complication

Presented as a Poster Presentation at the 23rd Annual Meeting of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery, June 26, 2006, San Francisco, California.

Michael A. Edwards M.D.a, Ronit Grinbaum M.D.a, James Ellsmere M.D.a, Daniel B. Jones M.D.a and Benjamin E. Schneider M.D.Corresponding Author Contact Information, a, E-mail The Corresponding Author


aDepartment of Surgery, Harvard University Medical School and Department of Surgery, Section of Minimally Invasive Surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts

Received 22 February 2006;  revised 5 April 2006;  accepted 20 April 2006.  Available online 16 July 2006.


Obstruction of the small intestine is a recognized complication after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery for morbid obesity. Reported causes after bariatric surgery include volvulus, adhesion, internal hernia, hemorrhagic bezoar, incarcerated ventral hernia, and intussusception. Intussusception after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass for morbid obesity is rare. The etiology remains largely obscure. A delay in the diagnosis and management may result in catastrophic outcomes. Management should include the early involvement of a bariatric surgeon. We describe the clinical and radiologic presentation of a case of jejunojejunal intussusception 4 years after open Roux-en-Y gastric bypass.


Keywords: Morbid obesity; Roux-en-Y gastric bypass; Small bowel obstruction; Intussusception

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on 5/5/11 12:35 am

Am Surg. 2004 Jan;70(1):67-70.

Antiperistaltic (retrograde) intussusception after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass.

Goverman J, Greenwald M, Gellman L, Gadaleta D.


Department of Surgery, North Shore Long Island Jewish Health Care System, North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, New York, USA.


Adult intussusception has been described after various types of gastrointestinal surgery. In some instances there may be intussusception of the jejunum into the stomach via a gastrointestinal stoma, a rare complication known as jejunogastric intussusception (JGI). We present a retrospective review of two cases of retrograde intussusception occurring years after open Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) for morbid obesity. To our knowledge there have been no documented reports of JGI occurring after RYGB and only scattered reports of JGI after Roux-en-Y reconstruction in general. Two reports of intussusception following RYGB were identified in the English literature and comprised three patients, only one of whom suffered a retrograde intussusception. As the number of RYGB procedures continues to rise, we will likely see more of this entity; and it is therefore crucial that surgeons consider acute and chronic intussusception as a cause of abdominal pain in patients who have undergone RYGB.

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on 5/5/11 12:38 am, edited 5/5/11 1:06 am

Retrograde Intussusception following Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

Kyle Ver Steeg


Obesity Surgery Volume 16, Number 8, 1101-1103, DOI: 10.1381/096089206778026433


A case of retrograde intussusception is presented occurring >1 year following a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGBP). Presentation may be confusing and lead to a serious delay in diagnosis. Review of the literature shows most intussusceptions following RYGBP are retrograde, and most, if not all, appear to originate in the proximal common channel, as ours clearly did. The average excess body weight loss in these patients is much higher than expected, adding evidence that a dysmotility disorder is involved. A hypothesis is presented regarding the mechanism involved in these retrograde intussusceptions.

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on 5/5/11 12:42 am

  Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases
Volume 4, Issue 1, January-February 2008, Pages 69-72

Small bowel obstruction due to antegrade and retrograde intussusception after gastric bypass: three case reports in two patients, literature review, and recommendations for diagnosis and treatment

David D. Coster M.D.Corresponding Author Contact Information, a, Stephen M. Sundberg M.D.a, David S. Kermode D.O.a, Donald T. Beitzel P.A.C.a, Stefanie H. Noun P.A.C.a and Matthew Severidt M.D.a


a Grinnell Bariatrics and Department of Surgery, Grinnell Regional Medical Center, Grinnell, Iowa

Received 7 June 2007;  revised 15 July 2007;  accepted 24 August 2007.  Available online 5 November 2007.


Intestinal obstruction due to intussusception, although rare, is a complication that can cause small bowel obstruction after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. Possible causes include disordered intestinal motility, the presence of staple lines and other lead points in the intestinal wall, and the anatomic peculiarities of the enteroenterostomy. In the case of antegrade intussusception, the lead point is usually identifiable and can involve either limb. Retrograde intussusception is more common but usually has a featureless entry point beginning a few inches below the intestinal anastomosis, with the intussusceptum traversing the enteroenterostomy into either the biliary or Roux limb. Abdominal computed tomography scan is necessary for diagnosis, and early exploration is recommended to avoid ischemia and bowel resection.


Keywords: Small bowel obstruction; Roux-en-Y gastric bypass; Antegrade intussusception; Retrograde intussusception

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on 5/5/11 12:43 am


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on 5/5/11 12:57 am - North Brookfield, MA
Hi, I was diagnosed with this a month ago and will be headed for surgery to correct it shortly.
Glad you posted this, thank you
So Blessed!
on 5/5/11 1:03 am

I think it is more common than they realize, but is being misdiagnosed.

Good luck with your surgery!
So Blessed!
on 5/5/11 1:22 am
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on 5/5/11 4:47 am - North Brookfield, MA
Thank you for the info, I appreciate it.

My surgeon was waiting to see if it would resolve on it's own.  I am not vomiting, no fever.
I have constipation or more like I can still go but it feels like my system is in slow motion or something. Like I never feel 'done' really but can't go anymore? Sorry for TMI but you never know who you might help by telling your story. Low back pain, and I notice the left upper quad pain gets worse when I am more constipated.  I see the surgeon in a week so we shall see...

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