Pylorus-preserving laparoscopic gastrectomy with pyloric balloon dilatation
Epublication WebSurg.com, Jul 2019;19(07). URL: http://websurg.com/doi/vd01en5663
Gastric cancer screening programs implemented by Japan and South Korea have shown impressive results in terms of the increasing proportion of early gastric cancer diagnosis. Because of this, more interest has been focused on preserving the organ function in order to improve postoperative quality of life aiming to reduce complications or sequelae and avoiding large resections. Pylorus-preserving gastrectomy (PPG) was first introduced by Maki et al. and it is probably the most representative technique of function-preserving gastrectomy. It has been reported that, due to an impaired pyloric function, patients may occasionally experience a sensation of gastric fullness after food intake as well as long-term food retention in the remnant stomach. This delayed gastric emptying caused by pyloric spasms has been shown to decrease the patient’s quality of life. There is no standardized management strategy at present, and consequently gastric surgeons have often found themselves hesitant to perform this minimally invasive, function-preserving surgery. Here, we present a PPG case followed by a pyloric spasm, which was successfully treated with balloon dilatation.