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  • 2014-06-12

Laparoscopic redo Nissen posterior fundoplication

Epublication WebSurg.com, Jun 2014;14(06). URL:
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This video shows a reintervention after laparoscopic Nissen-Rossetti due to failure of the technique in a 70-year-old woman presenting with a history of dysphagia and weight loss beginning short after surgery. First, dissection of the fundic wrap and esophageal hiatus are completed in order to expose specific anatomical landmarks that would help us understand the possible causes for the failure of the first procedure. The original fundoplication is then unwrapped, rearranging it to the original anatomical position. This maneuver allows us to understand the causes for the technique’s failure, which can be accounted for by the asymmetrical position of the fundoplication caused by a series of elements. First, the short gastric vessels were not dissected during the first surgery, this probably contributed to the malposition of the right flap, which emerges from the posterior mid-stomach wall, distal to the fundus. On the other hand, the right flap emerges from the para-esophageal proximal edge of the lesser curvature; this causes the “valve” to be angulated and rotated clockwise, “hiding” the fundoplication on the posterior gastric wall. To complete the procedure, a Toupet fundoplication is performed as a substituting anti-reflux technique.