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We present the case of an elderly patient aged 86 with a serious medical history. She is endoscopically diagnosed with a gastric lesion located in the incisura angularis with a biopsy of high-grade dysplasia/carcinoma “in situ”.
Given the patient's age and her medical history, the multidisciplinary committee decided to perform a minimally invasive surgery. Submucosal dissection of the lesion using a hybrid approach (intragastric endoscopy/laparoscopy) was proposed.
The pathological area was marked and stained by endoscopy, followed by intragastric submucosal dissection with laparoscopic instruments assisted by means of endoscopy.
The surgery went smoothly and the patient could be discharged 48 hours after surgery.
Final pathological findings reported a well-differentiated tubular adenocarcinoma infiltrating the lamina propria and surgical resection margins free of tumor infiltration (pT1a Nx Mx (TNM 8th Ed. 2017)).
The procedure was performed with the patient under general anesthesia and carbon dioxide insufflation. An Overtube™ (Apollo Endosurgery, Austin, TX) was placed at the beginning of the procedure to protect the airways, the esophagus, and the hypopharynx. Each purse-string suture consisted of 6 to 8 full-thickness bites starting first on the anterior gastric wall, then on the greater curvature, and the posterior wall and moving backward in the opposite direction. Once completed, the suture was tied and knotted using a cinching device (EndoCinch™). During the live procedure, a complication occurred due to an excessive pressure placed on the EndoCinch™ handle which caused a break of the collar part of the cinch. The management of this complication was achieved by cutting the suture, so that the collar part of the cinch which grasped the mucosa could be detached with a grasper to allow for suture replacement. A total of 4 sutures were applied in order to obtain gastric tubulization.
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