Laparoscopic gastrectomy is widely used as minimally invasive surgery for gastric carcinoma. Billroth I or Roux-en-Y reconstruction is commonly performed after laparoscopic distal gastrectomy (LDG). Roux-en-Y reconstruction after LDG is one of the best methods for reconstruction of the alimentary tract when Billroth I reconstruction is difficult. There are few reports of intracorporeal Roux-en-Y reconstruction after LDG because of the technical difficulties of such a procedure. In particular, in the case of a very small gastric remnant, gastrojejunostomy using endoscopic linear staplers becomes more complicated. We developed a new technique for intracorporeal Roux-en-Y reconstruction: a modified stapling technique to allow the gastrojejunostomy to be made on the stomach transecting line that is applicable even when the residual stomach is very small. Roux-en-Y reconstruction with our modified technique was performed in six patients. There was no intraoperative complication or conversion to minilaparotomy or conventional celiotomy in any patient. Oral intake was easy and adequate after surgery. The present Roux-en-Y reconstruction procedure is feasible. Herein we describe an intraabdominal Roux-en-Y reconstruction with a modified stapling technique after LDG.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Cancer Research