To evaluate whether pregnancy is associated with increased risk for small bowel obstruction after laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery.
Small bowel obstruction is a common and feared long-term complication to laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery that may be more common during pregnancy. It is unclear if the risk truly increases during pregnancy.
Women, 18 to 55 years, operated with a primary laparoscopic gastric bypass procedure from 2010 until 2015 were identified through the Scandinavian Obesity Surgery Registry (n = 25,853). Through record-linkage to the Medical Birth Registry, the National Patient Registry, and review of hospital charts, information on pregnancy periods and outcome were obtained. The main outcome was operation due to small bowel obstruction after the laparoscopic gastric bypass procedure.
Pregnancy was associated with increased risk for small bowel obstruction following laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery (incidence rates 46.5, 95% CI 38.0-56.9/1000 person-years, vs 20.9 95% CI 19.9-22.0; adjusted-HR 1.72, 95% CI 1.39-2.12, P