Although SILS has become an increasingly popular type of surgery, its application for gastric submucosal tumors (SMT) has been only sporadically reported. We herein describe 12 recent cases with gastric SMT located in the greater curvature or anterior wall. The aim is to validate technical feasibility and safety of single-incision laparoscopic partial gastrectomy. Thus far, this is one of the largest series of patients with gastric SMT who underwent SILS. From July 2009 to April 2013, single-incision laparoscopic partial gastrectomy was attempted in 12 consecutive patients with gastric SMT. Three trocars were assembled in the umbilical incision, and the lesion was mobilized and staple-resected with endoscopic stapling devices. SILS surgery was successfully completed without any additional trocars. The median operating time was 96.5 min, and median blood loss was 7.5 mL. The median tumor size was 30 mm, with histopathologic diagnosis of gastrointestinal stromal tumor (10) and schwannoma (2). There was no immediate postoperative morbidity. During a median follow-up of 12 months, all patients were on full regular diet without any gastrointestinal symptoms. SILS with transumbilical gastric stapling is a safe and practical alternative to conventional multiport laparoscopy in patients with gastric SMT, except for cases originating in the lesser curvature and close to the cardia/ pylorus.
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