Use of a feeding jejunostomy after oesophagogastric surgery

Br J Surg. 1995 Jun;82(6):811-3. doi: 10.1002/bjs.1800820629.


Over a 5-year period, 58 patients with oesophageal or gastric malignancy underwent surgical resection with oesophagogastric or oesophagojejunal anastomosis. All were fed temporarily with a catheter feeding jejunostomy placed at the time of surgery. All patients tolerated the feeding well. There were no catheter-related deaths and only one serious complication, formation of an abscess following catheter dislodgement. Experience with this technique suggests that it is safe and cheap method of feeding patients after oesophagogastric surgery. Such patients are particularly suitable for a feeding jejunostomy as they are frequently malnourished, rarely have prolonged postoperative ileus and may develop complications that delay the onset of oral intake.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Enteral Nutrition / methods*
  • Esophageal Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Esophagectomy / methods
  • Female
  • Gastrectomy / methods
  • Humans
  • Jejunostomy / methods*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Postoperative Care
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Stomach Neoplasms / surgery*