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ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: In patients having carcinoma in the remnant stomach, total resection of the remnant stomach with lymph node dissection is a prerequisite. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We present the first series of successful totally laparoscopic complete gastrectomy (TLCG) for gastric remnant cancer. RESULTS: TLCG was successfully performed without adverse events during surgery in five patients with gastric remnant cancer. The median age of the patients was 72 years (range, 56-84 years), and there were three men and two women. Three of them had a Billroth I reconstruction and two had a Billroth II reconstruction, and in four cases following partial gastrectomy for gastric cancer and one for gastroduodenal ulcer. The median operative time was 360 min; blood loss was 20 ml. The median number of retrieved lymph nodes was 19. No complications occurred postoperatively, and all of the patients were discharged within the ninth postoperative day. CONCLUSIONS: Although TLCG for gastric remnant cancer is a technically difficult and challenging operation that requires careful lysis of adhesion and dissection along the major vessels, as well as intracorporeal anastomosis, this procedure is technically feasible. Long-term follow-up is mandatory to validate oncological outcome.
Langenbeck s Archives of Surgery 07/2012; · 1.89 Impact Factor