Course Overview and Target Audience
This course is designed to introduce the practicing bariatric surgeon or the surgical trainee to the use of flexible endoscopy in the performance of current bariatric surgical practice. The course will cover basic endoscopic principles, the use of endoscopy in planning operations, the role of endoscopy in treating complications, and totally endoscopic therapeutic procedures which may be included in the armamentarium of current bariatric surgeons. The target audience for this course is practicing bariatric surgeons, bariatric fellows and surgical residents.
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:
- Describe the role of preoperative screening flexible endoscopy in preparing patients for bariatric operations, both initial and revisional.
- Identify common endoscopic pathology seen during upper endoscopic procedures.
- Discuss the appropriate treatment for strictures.
- Interpret the appropriate treatment for marginal ulcers.
- List types of intragastric balloons approved for use and their efficacy to date.
- Recognize endoscopic operative procedures that have been used to promote weight loss through decreasing anastomotic size or through decreasing gastric pouch capacity.