Intussusception - A Long Term Post Op RNY Complication
on 5/5/11 7:06 am, edited 5/5/11 1:26 pm
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.
on 5/5/11 7:34 am, edited 5/5/11 8:07 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.
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
on 5/5/11 7:35 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.
on 5/5/11 7:38 am, edited 5/5/11 8:06 am
Retrograde Intussusception following Roux-en-Y Gastric BypassObesity Surgery Volume 16, Number 8, 1101-1103, DOI: 10.1381/096089206778026433
AbstractA 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.
on 5/5/11 7:42 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
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
on 5/5/11 7:43 am
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on 5/5/11 7:57 am - North Brookfield, MA
Glad you posted this, thank you
on 5/5/11 8:03 am
I think it is more common than they realize, but is being misdiagnosed.
Good luck with your surgery!
on 5/5/11 8:22 am
I have been on this board b4 but not for several yers and could not remember my
login or password. I had lap rny 7 years ago, ...
Feb 3, 2011 ... Hello All... I haven't been to these forums in years but am coming here for
guidance after having my Gastric Bypass in July of 2007.
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on 5/5/11 11:47 am - North Brookfield, MA
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...
on 5/5/11 11:59 am
One of the most interesting pieces of information that I got from the surgeon was that the stomach has two rhythmic “pacemakers”. They’re similar to those in the heart in that they stimulate the muscles to contract.
In a normal stomach, the waves propagate in one direction, pushing the food downward. After we have R&Y, however, the lower pace-making node is no longer connected to the other and fires independently. The peristalsis it creates can actually go BACKWARDS in some people. This explained why the pain that I felt would peak and then subside a little bit.
I thought I knew about all the possible complications, but this one caught me totally off guard.
I've noticed no correlation between pain episodes and having to go to the bathroom. When my abdominal pain was at its worst, I did have bad lower back pain too.
on 5/6/11 5:25 am
In the diagram that he drew for me, it looked like one was in the fundus area of the stomach and the other near the duodenum. I'd always been taught that peristalsis was just a reflex caused by the gut being stretched. I'm trying to learn more about this myself as this is new to me.
Google "Interstitial Cells of Cajal" - it's fascinating.
on 5/5/11 8:13 am
Sometimes the intestine slides back out on its own, so the imminent danger passes. If not, the patient has to undergo emergency surgery.
on 5/5/11 8:30 am
on 5/5/11 8:57 am
It's spooky. I'd been having intermittent bouts of abdominal pain for years and never knew what was causing it.
on 5/5/11 9:00 am
on 5/5/11 9:45 am
All's been quiet since I had to go to the ER. I'm hoping it stays that way.