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Obes Surg. 2007 Nov;17(11):1517-9.

Sleeve gastrectomy as treatment for severe obesity after orthotopic liver transplantation.

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  • 1Department of Digestive Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile.


Obesity is highly prevalent in both liver transplant candidates and recipients, and can have a significant impact on perioperative morbidity and mortality and the overall cost of transplantation. Herein, we describe an obese patient who was managed sequentially with an intragastric balloon in the pre-transplant setting and a gastric sleeve following transplantation, with good long-term results. Sleeve gastrectomy is a non-malabsorptive bariatric procedure with potential benefit for liver transplant patients due to its lack of influence on the absorption of immunosuppressive agents.

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