Laparoscopic proximal gastrectomy (LPG) is a function-preserving surgery performed on patients with cancer of the upper third of the stomach. However, if much of the ingested food passes through the jejunum, LPG might function broadly like a total gastrectomy. We devised a jejunogastrostomy with double-tract reconstruction (DTR) to ensure that most food flows easily to the remnant stomach.
A side-to-side jejunogastrostomy was created between the remnant stomach's posterior wall and the jejunum 10 cm below the esophagojejunostomy, and the common stab incision was also closed with a linear stapler. The jejunogastrostomy was created as a delta-shaped anastomosis by using only linear staplers. The 15 patients who underwent delta-shaped anastomosis from 2017 to 2018 were retrospectively reviewed to collect and analyze their surgical and postoperative outcomes, including nutritive conditions, in comparison to the reconstruction that was performed before then.
Operative times and postoperative complications were not significantly different compared to the previous reconstruction. We confirmed significant differences in operative bleeding and passage of food through the remnant stomach. The level of nutritional indicators at the end of postoperative year one did not tend to be lower, but total weight loss (TWL) and %TWL were significantly lower. As expected, there was a correlation between differences in jejunogastrostomy type and postoperative malnutrition.
This method devised for intracorporeal DTR provided patients with improved postoperative nutritional status by directing more food through the remnant stomach after LPG.
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Fujimoto, D., Taniguchi, K. & Kobayashi, H. Double-Tract Reconstruction Designed to Allow More Food Flow to the Remnant Stomach After Laparoscopic Proximal Gastrectomy. World J Surg 44, 2728–2735 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00268-020-05496-0