Reno Surgeon, Dr. Kent C. Sasse, Presents Technique to Dramatically Improve Safety and Lower Complications of Sleeve Gastrectomy

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0.0% Leak Rate Reported in Over 2,000 Consecutive Cases of Sleeve Gastrectomy

Dr. Kent Sasse, longstanding medical director of Nevada’s nationally-accredited center for metabolic and bariatric surgery, reports new findings aimed at teaching surgeons how to improve safety and reduce the leak rate of sleeve gastrectomy to 0.0%.

In a published poster presented at the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) virtual annual meeting, Drs. Kent Sasse and Jonathon Gevorkian report 10 specific technical steps of the procedure that have resulted in an unprecedented 0.0% leak rate.

Leak from the tissue staple line has long been the most serious potential complication of gastric surgery, and one that continues to occur in between 1% and 2% of sleeve gastrectomy cases worldwide. When a leak occurs, more surgery is required and further complications can arise.

“It’s a team effort,” Dr. Sasse says. “We have been laser focused on safety for 20 years, and elimination of the number one risk of sleeve gastrectomy has been our top priority.”

The research findings were presented at the virtual SAGES meeting this year, a top national conference for surgical advancements in the gastrointestinal system. Drs. Sasse and Gevorkian outlined 10 specific technical considerations they believe have led to the unprecedented 0.0% leak rate over these past six years.

“Our hope is that all centers can benefit from the specific technical features required to produce zero leaks, so that our national statistics will show these extremely high levels of safety across the country in our field,” says Dr. Sasse.

Sleeve gastrectomy is currently the most widely performed bariatric or metabolic surgery in the world and demonstrated in major studies to reverse both type 2 diabetes and obesity. In the United States, it is among the safest procedures offered in any hospital.

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Dr. Kent Sasse is an adjunct assistant professor at the School of Medicine at the University of Nevada, the medical director of the nationally accredited program in bariatric and metabolic surgery, and the Author of several books including The Type 2 Diabetes Cure.

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