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, 22 (9), 876-80

Modified Techniques and Early Outcomes of Totally Laparoscopic Total Gastrectomy With Side-To-Side Esophagojejunostomy

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Modified Techniques and Early Outcomes of Totally Laparoscopic Total Gastrectomy With Side-To-Side Esophagojejunostomy

In-Seob Lee et al. J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A.

Abstract

Background: Construction of an esophagojejunostomy is a major concern in totally laparoscopic total gastrectomy (TLTG). Use of a circular stapler can be technically challenging in laparoscopic procedures. We aimed to introduce our modified techniques and to assess the early outcomes following TLTG with side-to-side esophagojejunostomy using a linear stapler in patients with gastric cancer.

Subjects and methods: From December 2010 to June 2011, 27 patients who underwent TLTG for gastric cancer were retrospectively reviewed. Their clinicopathologic characteristics, surgical time, hospital stay, morbidity, and mortality were analyzed.

Results: The mean age of patients was 59.1 years, and the average body mass index was 24.6 kg/m(2). The mean operating time was 126.2 minutes, and the hospital stay averaged 8.1 days. No conversion to open laparotomy was required. There were 2 luminal bleeding cases and 1 intra-abdominal bleeding case, but all were successfully managed with conservative treatment only. No patient experienced reoperation, anastomosis leakage, stricture, duodenal stump leakage, or wound problems.

Conclusions: Our TLTG with side-to-side esophagojejunostomy method can be a feasible and safe option for patients with gastric cancer.

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