Keizo Taniguchi

Fujita Health University, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan

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Publications (10)24.21 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: In Japan, the usefulness of robot-assisted surgery using da Vinci surgical system(DVSS)has rapidly become widely acknowledged. At Fujita Health University, DVSS was introduced in 2009. Thus far, 347 patients were treated by DVSS at our institute, including 204 gastroenterological operations. In our department, robot-assisted gastrectomy(RAG, n=111)and robot-assisted esophagectomy(REG, n=26)have been technically standardized. Recently, we reported that both RAG and REG are minimally invasive. Moreover, we showed that the incidence of recurrent nerve palsy by lymphadenectomy was significantly reduced by REG, compared with conventional thoracoscopic esophagectomy. Although robot-assisted surgery is a highly expensive treatment, these results prompt the need for further evaluation of the effectiveness of robot-assisted surgery in the gastroenterological field. Development of a more accurate and less invasive robotic surgery system would contribute to a better quality of life patients with gastroenterological malignancies.
    No preview · Article · Jul 2012 · Gan to kagaku ryoho. Cancer & chemotherapy

  • No preview · Article · Jul 2012 · Nippon Geka Gakkai zasshi
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    ABSTRACT: Background: The oncologic safety and feasibility of laparoscopic D2 gastrectomy for advanced gastric cancer are still uncertain. The aim of this study is to compare our results for laparoscopic D2 gastrectomy with those for open D2 gastrectomy. Methods: Between 1998 and 2008, a total of 336 patients with clinical T2, T3, or T4 tumors underwent laparoscopic (n = 186) or open (n = 150) gastrectomy involving D2 lymph node dissection with curative intent. To produce this study population, 123 patients in the open group who matched those of the laparoscopic group with regard to age, sex, body mass index (BMI), American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) score, tumor location, and clinical tumor stage were retrospectively selected. The short- and long-term outcomes of these patients were examined. Results: Laparoscopic D2 gastrectomy was associated with significantly less operative blood loss and shorter hospital stay, but longer operative time, compared with open D2 gastrectomy. The mortality and morbidity rates of the laparoscopic group were comparable to those of the open group (1.1 % vs. 0, P = 0.519, and 24.2 % vs. 28.5 %, P = 0.402). The 5-year disease-free and overall survival rates were 65.8 and 68.1 % in the laparoscopic group and 62.0 and 63.7 % in the open group (P = 0.737 and P = 0.968). There were no differences in the patterns of recurrence between the two groups. Conclusions: This study suggests that laparoscopic D2 gastrectomy provides reasonable oncologic outcomes with acceptable morbidity and low mortality rates. Although operation time is currently long, this approach is associated with several advantages of laparoscopic surgery, including quick recovery of bowel function and short hospital stay. Laparoscopic D2 gastrectomy may offer a favorable alternative to open D2 gastrectomy for patients with advanced gastric cancer.
    No preview · Article · Jun 2012 · Surgical Endoscopy
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    ABSTRACT: The robot-assisted surgical system was developed for minimally invasive surgery and is thought to have the potential to overcome the shortcomings of laparoscopic surgery. We introduced this system for the treatment of gastric cancer in 2008. Here we report our initial experiences of robot-assisted surgery using the da Vinci system. A retrospective review of robot-assisted gastrectomy for gastric cancer patients was performed in our institute. The clinicopathological features and surgical outcomes were analyzed. Whereas the procedures of the gastrectomy were similar to those of the usual laparoscopic surgery, several aspects such as the port placement and the role of the assistant were modified from those for conventional laparoscopic surgery. From January 2008 to December 2010, 61 patients with gastric cancer underwent robot-assisted surgery. Gastrectomy was distal in 46 patients, total in 14, proximal in 1 and no operation was converted to the open procedure. D2 lymph node dissection was performed on 28 patients in the distal gastrectomy group and on 11 in the total gastrectomy group. Complications occurred in 2 cases (4%): these consisted of ruptured sutures and hemorrhage from the anastomotic site. This study demonstrated that robot-assisted gastrectomy using the da Vinci system can be applied safely and effectively for patients with gastric cancer.
    No preview · Article · Nov 2011 · Pathobiology
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    ABSTRACT: Suprapancreatic lymph node (LN) dissection is critical for gastric cancer surgery. Until currently, a number of laparoscopic gastrectomy procedures have been performed in the same manner as open surgery procedures [3, 4, 6]. Using the characteristic of laparoscopic surgery, the authors developed a new technique of suprapancreatic LN dissection. After division of the duodenum, No. 8a LN is raised, and the surrounding tissue is dissected to identify the outmost layer of the nerves around the common hepatic artery. This layer can be dissected as the next step is headed for the root of the left gastric artery. Thin layers can be identified on the left and right sides of the artery. After this step, the LN dissection is performed toward both lateral sites, keeping the outmost layer of the nerves. At this stage, the surgeon should envision the "U" shape on the right side and the "V" shape on the left side for a superior performance. This technique was performed by the same surgeon for 20 consecutive patients with advanced gastric cancer. All the patients successfully underwent laparoscopic distal gastrectomy with D2 LN dissection. The mean number of regional LNs retrieved was 45.1 ± 13.5. The mean number of only LNs around the celiac artery (No. 7, 8a, 9, 11p, and 12a) was 17.8 ± 5.5. This was not less than reported previously [1, 2, 5]. The mean blood loss was 91.1 ml, and the mean operative time was 296.0 min. At this writing, all the patients are disease free after a mean follow-up period of 15.4 months. The nerves are thick and sturdy around the root of the left gastric artery. Additionally, the magnified and horizontal laparoscope view provides a straightforward approach and visibility to the layer. The authors believe that the "medial approach" is a straightforward method of suprapancreatic LN dissection in laparoscopic gastric cancer surgery.
    No preview · Article · Jun 2011 · Surgical Endoscopy
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    ABSTRACT: Although laparoscopic gastrectomy has been recognized as a treatment of early gastric cancer, the indication for laparoscopic gastrectomy with D2 lymph node dissection has remained controversial. D2 lymph node dissection is considered to be feasible for advanced gastric cancer in some high-volume institutions specifically trained for the laparoscopic procedure. This study was undertaken to determine the clinical outcome and clinicopathological characteristics of patients who showed recurrence following laparoscopic gastrectomy for advanced gastric cancer. From August 1999 through February 2009, among 805 patients who underwent laparoscopic gastrectomy associated with regional lymph node dissection, a total of 209 patients undergoing gastrectomy associated with lymph node dissection who consequently obtained complete resection for advanced gastric cancer were subjected to the retrospective analysis to evaluate clinical outcome. The mean period of postoperative observation was 1,068 days. The final stages of the 209 cases were as follows: 83 in IB, 56 in II, 46 in IIIA, and 24 in IIIB. The 5-year survival rate was 89.1% in stage IB, 93.1% in stage II, 52.5% in stage IIIA, and 46.5% in stage IIIB, respectively. A total of 27 patients (12.9%) had recurrence. Postoperative recurrence of gastric carcinoma occurred in peritoneal dissemination in 13 patients, liver in 7, distant lymph nodes in 6, ovary in 3, lung in 2, skin in 1, and meninges in 1 patient. There were neither port-site metastases nor locoregional recurrence. The characteristics and the rate of postoperative recurrence after laparoscopic gastrectomy for advanced gastric cancer were not greatly different from those of the open conventional procedure. Although further observation is required to finally conclude long-term survival, laparoscopic radical gastrectomy may possibly be indicated for patients with advanced gastric cancer.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2011 · Digestion

  • No preview · Article · Oct 2010 · Journal of the American College of Surgeons
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    ABSTRACT: To evaluate the safety and effectiveness of laparoscopic total gastrectomy with D2 lymphadenectomy for gastric cancer. Review of findings from a prospectively acquired institutional database. University hospital. Fifty-five consecutive patients operated on by the same surgeon between October 1997 and March 2008. Blood loss, complication rate, and survival. All operations were accomplished without conversion to open laparotomy. The median operative time was 406 minutes. The median blood loss was 102 mL. A median of 46 lymph nodes were harvested. The TNM stages of the tumor were I in 17 patients (31%), II in 12 (22%), III in 16 (29%), and IV in 10 (18%). A total of 21 complications occurred in 18 patients (33%) with no postoperative mortality. At last follow-up, 44 of the 55 patients were alive without tumor recurrence and 3 with recurrence at a median follow-up of 16 months, whereas 8 had died of recurrence or another cause. The mortality rate of zero and acceptable morbidity of our series indicate that laparoscopic total gastrectomy with D2 lymphadenectomy is technically feasible and safe in the hands of experienced surgeons. Long-term follow-up is mandatory to validate oncologic outcome.
    Full-text · Article · Dec 2009 · Archives of surgery (Chicago, Ill.: 1960)
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    ABSTRACT: Intraperitoneal cyst occurring in the lesser omentum is extremely rare entity. Because of the absence of abdominal symptoms, omental cyst is occasionally found accidentally in imaging examination performed during health screening. We experienced a case of cystic lymphangioma that occurred in the lesser omentum, which was successfully resected under complete laparoscopic procedure. A 50-year-old Japanese woman was admitted to our hospital because a cystic mass was found in the abdomen. Abdominal computed tomography scan was performed because she had a traffic accident, despite complaining no abdominal symptoms. The abdominal computed tomography scan and magnetic resonance imaging revealed a large cystic mass in the lesser omentum adjacent to the lesser curvature of the stomach, which was resected with a complete laparoscopic procedure. As the cystic wall was closely attached to the lesser curvature of the gastric wall, an ultrasonic coagulating shear was quite helpful to entirely mobilize the cyst from the surrounding structure such as lesser curvature of the stomach. After placing clips to the feeding vessels to the cyst branched from the accessory hepatic vessels, the entire cyst was mobilized without leakage of cystic content. The postoperative course was uneventful with slight delayed gastric emptying due to partial denervation of the lesser curvature of the stomach. The patient was discharged on eighth day after surgery without any postoperative complications. This is the first case of cyst of lesser omentum resected under complete laparoscopic procedure and certainly highlights advantage and feasibility of laparoscopic approach for cases with abdominal cystic lesions. Laparoscopic excision of cystic lymphangioma in the lesser omentum provides all the advantage of minimally invasive procedure.
    No preview · Article · Mar 2009 · Surgical laparoscopy, endoscopy & percutaneous techniques

  • No preview · Article · Feb 2008 · Journal of Surgical Research