Laparoscopic gastric pull-up in long-gap esophageal atresia
Epublication WebSurg.com, Nov 2012;12(11). URL: http://websurg.com/doi/vd01en3782
This is the case of a 2-year-old male preschooler, diagnosed with type III esophageal atresia. During the neonatal period, the patient had a right thoracotomy. Ligation of a tracheo-esophageal fistula and an esophago-esophagostomy were carried out, but failed because there was a long gap atresia. The measured gap of four vertebrae confirmed the diagnosis of long gap esophageal atresia; upon its evaluation by a multidisciplinary team, a laparoscopic gastric pull-up was carried out using 4 trocars: one 12mm, two 5mm and one 3mm trocar. The 6-hour duration of surgery was due to a firm adhesion of the esophagus to the posterior mediastinum. The patient had a favorable outcome without major complications. He remained in PICU for 72 hours and was extubated 48 hours after surgery. This is the sixth case of this particular pediatric surgeon and although our follow-up is still underway, we believe that laparoscopic pediatric surgeons with a certain degree of experience would be able to reproduce this technique, which is an excellent therapeutic option for the management of long gap esophageal atresia with good postoperative results.