Malgorzata Stanczyk

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Ángeles, California, United States

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Publications (8)26.23 Total impact

  • Mal Fobi · Malgorzata V. Stanczyk · Joseph Naim · Kekah Che-Senge
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    ABSTRACT: Banded gastric bypass is a modification which enhances the restrictive component of the gastric bypass operation. A reinforced stoma is created by placing a band around the pouch, as in the vertical banded or silastic ring vertical gastroplasty. The gastroenterostomy (GE) is made just distal to the band. This GE is made at least 2 cm wide since – unlike in the non-banded gastric bypass – the banded stoma, not the gastroenterostomy, controls the outflow from the pouch. The stabilized and reinforced stoma has been documented to effect more weight loss even in the super obese and better weight loss maintenance in more patients than the non-banded gastric bypass. The stoma created in the banded gastric bypass is larger than in the gastroplasty operations. The perioperative and long-term complications are as reported with the short-limb gastric bypass. Since the gastroenterostomy is made wider there is a lesser incidence of outlet stenosis requiring endoscopic dilation, but there is a 2% incidence of band erosion. Eroded bands can be treated expectantly or can be removed with an endoscope. In patients with an intact operation but inadequate weight loss or some weight regain the bypass can be modified to a banded distal Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (BDRYGB).
    No preview · Chapter · Jan 2012
  • M. A. L. Fobi · Malgorzata Stanczyk · Che-Senge Kekah

    No preview · Conference Paper · Jun 2010
  • Mal Fobi · Hoil Lee · Daniel Igwe · Basil Felahy · Elaine James · Malgorzata Stanczyk · Nicole Fobi
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    ABSTRACT: Morbid obesity is one of the major risk factors for gallbladder disease, and this risk is even greater following rapid weight loss. Because of this, prophylactic cholecystectomy has been offered to our patients undergoing the transected silastic ring vertical Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (TSRVRYGBP). A study was undertaken to determine the incidence of pathologic gallbladders in patients undergoing this prophylactic cholecystectomy. The records of all patients who underwent TSRVRYGBP from June 1999 through December 2000 were reviewed. Pathologic findings of the gallbladder were documented as cholelithiasis, cholecystitis, cholesterolosis, polyps or normal. 761 patients underwent the operation. 178 patients (23%) had cholecystectomy before the surgery. 154 (20%) had gallstones documented by ultrasound and had cholecystectomy at the time of the surgery. 324 of the 429 patients with negative preoperative findings by ultrasound had pathologic evidence of gallbladder disease. Because of the high incidence of gallbladder disease even with negative preoperative findings in morbidly obese patients and the lack of significant morbidity with cholecystectomy in experienced hands, routine cholecystectomy at the time of the weight loss operation is justified.
    No preview · Article · Jul 2002 · Obesity Surgery
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    Mal Fobi · Hoil Lee · Daniel Igwe · Basil Felahy · Elaine James · Malgorzata Stanczyk · Nicole Fobi
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    ABSTRACT: Surgical intervention is currently indicated for patients with BMI > 40 or > 35 with life-threatening comorbidities. Patients with BMI 32-40 without these comorbidities not only have the increased propensity to develop them but also suffer from similar psychosocioeconomic consequences. These patients may not respond to non-surgical treatment of obesity any better than those with BMI > 40. The question has been raised whether to offer them surgical intervention. A study was carried out to determine outcome of surgery on patients with BMI > 32 but < 40 without life-threatening comorbidities but with either psychological, economic or social impairments affecting their quality of life. The approval of our Hospital Internal Review Board was obtained. In addition to routine evaluation for surgical intervention, these patients were required to have the approval of their primary care physician, be seen pre-operatively by a psychiatrist, and have a member of the family or a very close friend present at the time of discussion of operative risks and follow-up requirements. Patients committed to at least a 5-year follow-up. They were to be self-paying patients. The transected silastic ring vertical gastric bypass with a temporary gastrostomy was used. 50 patients, 49 women and one man, were entered into the study between May 1, 1999 and April 30, 2000. 50% were self-pay, and the other 50% were able to obtain coverage through their insurance companies. There were few peri-operative complications and no deaths. The late complications include incisional hernias, dumping and transient alopecia. Hospital stay averaged 3.7 days. Follow-up has been 18-27 months. Weight loss has been excellent. Preliminary results of surgical intervention extended to patients with BMI 32-40 without life-threatening comorbidities but with psychosocioeconomic ramifications are very promising. Long term follow-up and comparison with other bariatric patients are planned.
    Preview · Article · Mar 2002 · Obesity Surgery
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    Mal Fobi · Hoil Lee · Daniel Igwe · Basil Felahy · Elaine James · Malgorzata Stanczyk · Nicole Fobi
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    ABSTRACT: Prosthetic devices have been used in bariatric operations to control the outlet of the gastric pouch and thus maintain weight loss. A complication of these prostheses is erosion or migration into the gastric lumen. The transected banded vertical gastric bypass (TBVGBP) is one of the modifications of gastric bypass. This modification has a silastic ring placed around the pouch to form the stoma. The records of patients with band erosion (BE) after this operation were reviewed, to determine the incidence, etiology, management and outcome during a 9-year period. From May 1992 through May 2001, 2,949 primary and secondary TBVGBP were performed through the Center for Surgical Treatment of Obesity, utilizing 3 hospitals. 48 patients (1.63%) were documented to have BE: 40 documented by us and 8 by subsequent treating surgeons or at other facilities. Presenting symptoms were weight regain (18), stenosis or obstruction (17), pain (9), bleeding (7), and 5 were incidental findings. Some patients presented with more than one symptom. 8 were treated expectantly with spontaneous extrusion of the band. 16 bands have been removed endoscopically in 14 patients. 26 patients had open surgical revision, with 12 having band removal only and 14 band removal and revision of either the gastroenterostomy with or without band replacement or conversion to a distal Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (DRYGBP). Two patients who had revision to DRYGBP were re-revised to a longer common limb because of protein malnutrition. Three patients who had revision of the gastroenterostomy with band removal and replacement developed leaks that were managed non-surgically. Two of these re-eroded and the band was removed endoscopically with a subsequent revision to a DRYGBP. There was no death due to BE. BE is an uncommon complication of TBVGBP. Infection, previous bariatric operations and surgical technique play a role in BE. BE is best managed by endoscopic removal but can be treated expectantly or by open surgical intervention. Band removal without replacement or revision to DRYGBP may result in weight regain.
    Full-text · Article · Jan 2002 · Obesity Surgery
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    ABSTRACT: No bariatric operation has been documented to effect adequate weight loss in all patients. Patients with inadequate weight loss or significant weight regain with an anatomically intact short-limb gastric bypass, of which the Fobi pouch operation (FPO) for obesity is a modification, are usually revised to a distal Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (DRYGBP) to enhance weight loss. A retrospective review of the charts of all patients who had a revision to a DRYGBP at our Center during an 8-year period was carried out and the findings analyzed. 65 patients who had the FPO had a revision to the DRYGBP. Most were super obese patients who, even though they had lost significant weight, were still morbidly obese. Some were patients who had not lost adequate weight or <40% excess weight, and a small number were patients who requested more weight loss even though they had a BMI of < 35. 15 patients developed protein malnutrition requiring supplemental feeding. 6 required rerevision to short-limb gastric bypass. Revision of short-limb gastric bypass to DRYGBP usually enhances weight loss but at a cost of an increased incidence of protein malnutrition.
    No preview · Article · May 2001 · Obesity Surgery
  • M A Fobi · Hoil Lee · D Igwe · M Stanczyk · Julius N. Tambi
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    ABSTRACT: The effect of transecting vs. stapling the stomach in continuity in the banded gastric bypass (GBP) operation was studied. 50 patients, 25 in each group, were enrolled into a prospective study to determine if transecting the stomach vs. stapling it in continuity in performing GBP for obesity decreases the incidence of gastro-gastric fistula formation without increased morbidity. The patient profiles in the 2 groups were very similar. The peri-operative complications included 1 splenic capsular injury in each group, controlled without a splenectomy. There was 1 anastomotic leak in the stapled and 1 bleeding from the cut edge of the bypassed stomach in the transected group, both requiring re-operations in the immediate postoperative period. There was no peri-operative mortality. The percent follow-up after 6 years was 80% and 88% in the stapled and transected groups respectively. The incidence of late complications of solid food intolerance, ventral incisional hernia, cholelithiasis and small bowel obstruction was similar in both groups. There were 8 gastro-gastric fistulas in the stapled group and 1 in the transected group. The reduction in body mass index and percent excess weight loss (66%) were similar in both groups. The incidence of gastro-gastric fistula may be reduced in GBP procedures by transecting the stomach as opposed to stapling it in continuity, without an increase in morbidity or mortality or any loss in the effectiveness of the operation.
    No preview · Article · Mar 2001 · Obesity Surgery
  • Daniel Igwe · Malgorzata Stanczyk · Hoil Lee · Basil Felahy · Julius Tambi · M A Fobi
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    ABSTRACT: Many patients who qualify for obesity surgery have a moderate to large panniculus (grade 1-5). They can benefit from panniculectomy done concurrently with gastric bypass (GBP) or subsequently after significant weight reduction, usually 18 months after the GBP. Over the last 8 years, 2,231 bariatric operations were performed at the Center. 577 panniculectomies were done, with 428 (74.2%) concurrent with the GBP and 149 (25.8%) subsequent to the GBP. The redundant pannus weighed from 5 to 54.5 kg. Wound problems occured in 15.1% of panniculectomies. Transfusion was necessary in 1.9%. Hospital stay was 4 to 5 days, and was no greater than in patients that underwent the GBP alone. Those with grades 3-5 suffer more back-pain and problems of hygiene resulting from panniculitis. A very redundant panniculus compounds the patient's physical, social and emotional problems. Where cardiopulmonary and other medical status are satisfactory, a panniculectomy may be offered to patients with a symptomatic panniculus at the time of bariatric surgery, as a physically beneficial and cost-effective adjuvant.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2001 · Obesity Surgery

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