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Laparoscopically assisted gastric surgery using Dexterity Pneumo Sleeve


Background: Laparoscopic surgery has been successfully applied to several gastrointestinal procedures. Although the totally laparoscopic gastrectomy is feasible, tactile sensation and manipulation of the organ as well as the lesion are decreased when compared to open surgery. The Dexterity Pneumo Sleeve is a new device which allows the surgeon to insert a hand into the abdominal cavity while preserving the pneumoperitoneum. This device was used for patients who underwent laparoscopic gastric surgery.

Methods: The first patient presented with a non-Hodgkin's lymphoma of the stomach. A laparoscopically assisted distal gastrectomy was performed with Roux-en-Y reconstruction. The second patient had a 5-cm leiomyoma involving the greater curve of the stomach, and this device was used for manipulation of the tumor. The last patient suffered from morbid obesity with its associated medical complications and a ventral hernia. The Sleeve was applied at the hernia site and a laparoscopically assisted gastric bypass was performed.

Results: The Pneumo Sleeve was useful in these cases for tactile localization of the tumor and for retraction and manipulation of the stomach and surrounding upper abdominal organs.

Conclusions: The utilization of this device resulted in a more easily performed dissection, resection, and anastomosis and was felt to decrease operation time.

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Received: 18 September 1996/Accepted: 26 December 1996

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Naitoh, T., Gagner, M. Laparoscopically assisted gastric surgery using Dexterity Pneumo Sleeve. Surg Endosc 11, 830–833 (1997). https://doi.org/10.1007/s004649900464

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  • Key words: Gastric surgery — Lymphoma — Leiomyoma — Morbid obesity — Laparoscopic surgery — Surgical device