Background: No definitive operative method has been established for the treatment of early subcardial gastric cancer. Our newly developed technique involves local resection of the subcardia while preserving the lower esophageal sphincter and vagus nerve. A new fornix is constructed to accept the transposed esophagus. Methods: Thirty patients underwent this procedure between July 2003 and December 2010. Continuous gastric pH monitoring was performed immediately after surgery, and esophageal manometry was undertaken 1 month later. Serum total protein, albumin, total cholesterol, cholinesterase, and body mass index (BMI) were recorded every 3 months. Pre- and postoperative oral intake were compared, reflux symptoms were recorded, and reflux esophagitis was assessed by endoscopy after 1 year. Results: Twenty-five patients (86 %) reported no symptoms of reflux, and 27 (92.8 %) patients could eat 70 % or more of what they had eaten before surgery. Lower esophageal pressures were found to be >10 mmHg in 66.7 % of patients, and the fraction of time that pH <4 was <5 % of the 24-h monitoring period in 70 %. Serum parameters and BMI were unchanged. Conclusions: This surgical technique is a useful means of preserving postoperative quality of life after local gastrectomy by preventing reflux and maintaining nutritional status.
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- Cancer Research