Endoscopic Suturing for Massively Bleeding Marginal Ulcer 10 days Post Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

Sindhu Barola, Thomas Magnuson, Michael Schweitzer, Yen I. Chen, Saowanee Ngamruengphong, Mouen A. Khashab, Vivek Kumbhari

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Background: Marginal ulceration post Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) with associated bleeding, although infrequently encountered, can be challenging to treat. Flexible endoscopic therapy is preferred over surgery due to its minimally invasive nature. Bleeding ulcers have traditionally been treated endoscopically by injecting epinephrine, bipolar hemostasis, or clips. Here, we describe our treatment with endoscopic suturing for a massively bleeding marginal ulcer after RYGB. Methods: A 56-year-old female 10 days post RYGB underwent her fourth endoscopy for investigation and management of hematemesis and was found to have a large bleeding anastomotic ulcer. A Rothnet was utilized to remove large blood clots which obstructed endoscopic visualization. Two marginal ulcers were noted, and these were successfully oversewn with endoscopic suturing. The multimedia video (7 min) demonstrates the management of massively bleeding marginal ulcer after RYGB by endoscopic suturing. Results: Patient had no further bleeding and tolerated diet the subsequent day. She was discharged home with no further episodes of hematemesis, and follow-up at 6 weeks showed well-healed ulcer on endoscopy. Conclusion: Endoscopic suturing of a bleeding marginal ulcer appears technically feasible and safe. It should be considered in the treatment algorithm prior to emergency surgery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1394-1396
Number of pages3
JournalObesity Surgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2017


  • Endoscopic suturing
  • Epinephrine
  • Hematemesis
  • Marginal ulcer
  • Roux-en-Y gastric bypass

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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