Proximal gastrectomy with stapled circular esophagogastrostomy: manual purse-string technique
Epublication WebSurg.com, Nov 2019;19(11). URL: http://websurg.com/doi/vd01en5810
Early tumors of the esophagogastric junction can be managed with a minimally invasive proximal gastrectomy. This operation has recently been reevaluated for early-stage tumors since it offers a good postoperative quality of life with oncological outcomes equivalent to more extended procedures. In this video, we present the case of a 72-year-old man presenting with a 2cm adenocarcinoma of the esophagogastric junction. The clinical stage of the lesion was T1N0. A laparoscopic proximal gastrectomy with stapled circular esophagogastrostomy was decided upon. Five ports were placed. The left trocar incision was enlarged to introduce the circular stapler for the anastomoses and for specimen extraction. The procedure began with a complete abdominal exploration to rule out peritoneal metastases. The gastrocolic and gastrosplenic ligaments were divided with an ultrasonic scalpel. Short splenic vessels were clipped and divided and the greater curvature completely isolated with careful preservation of the gastroepiploic arcade and of the right gastroepiploic artery and vein. Left gastric vessels were divided at their origin with a vascular stapler and the distal esophagus was isolated through the diaphragmatic hiatus. A gastric tube was created with multiple applications of a linear stapler. The anvil of the circular stapler was secured to the esophageal stump with a hand-sewn purse-string suture in order to avoid the overlap of two suture lines. The esophagogastric anastomosis was then achieved with a circular stapler.