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Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) effectively treats both obesity and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Unfortunately, some patients finally present for bariatric surgery have previously undergone Nissen fundoplication due to GERD. Conversion to EYGB after Nissen fundoplication is safe and effective, but is associated with greater morbidity and longer operative time and hospital stay.
A 50-year-old female patient with a body mass index (BMI) of 40.4 kg/m2 was evaluated for bariatric surgery. She had a history laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication seven years before. We report a case of laparoscopic take-down of Nissen fundoplication and conversion to RYGB. A previous fundoplication is not a contraindication for laparoscopic RYGB. These procedures should be performed by well-trained surgeons and laparoscopic approach should be the method of choice.