The role of surgery in the treatment of endoscopic complications

Peter Dixon, Gopal C. Kowdley, Steven Clark Cunningham

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As the number, diversity, and complexity of endoscopic complications has increased, so too has the number, diversity, and complexity of operative interventions required to treat them. The most common complications of endoscopy in general are bleeding and perforation, but each endoscopic modality has specific nuances of these and other complications. Accordingly, this review considers the surgical complications of endoscopy by location within the gastrointestinal tract, as opposed to by complication types, since there are many complication types that are specific for only one or few locations, such as buried-bumper syndrome after percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy and pancreatitis after endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, and since the management of a given complication, such as perforation, may be vastly different in one area than in another area, such as perforations of the esophagus versus the retroperitoneal duodenum versus the intraperitoneal duodenum. It is hoped that this review will provide guidance for gastroenterologists considering a particular procedure, either to assess the risks for surgical complications in preparation for patient counseling, or assist in assessing a patient who seems to be having a severe complication, or to learn what operation might be required to treat a given complication and how that operation might be performed. As with many operations, those for the treatment of endoscopic complications are typically performed only when less invasive, nonoperative strategies fail.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)841-851
Number of pages11
JournalBest Practice and Research: Clinical Gastroenterology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016


  • Complications
  • Drainage
  • Endoscopy
  • Operation
  • Repair
  • Resection
  • Surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology


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