Laparoscopic gastroplasty for esophagectomy

Maria Caputo, Uberto Fumagalli Romario, Stefano Bona, Riccardo Rosati, Alberto Peracchia

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Minimally invasive surgery is currently becoming an accepted approach to esophageal cancer treatment. At the authors' Department laparoscopic gastroplasty is used in combination to either transhiatal or transthoracic esophagectomy, associated with left cervicotomy and right thoracotomy, respectively. Outcomes of laparoscopic and open gastric mobilization during esophagectomy in terms of intra- and postoperative complications are compared. From February 2003 to September 2005 45 patients underwent laparoscopic gastroplasty (group A) and 26 patients underwent open gastroplasty (group B) during esophagectomy. Intraoperative complications were 2% vs 11.5%; respiratory complications were 2.2% vs 19%; leakages from the suture lines were 17.7% vs 7.6% (p=n.s.); major long -term complications were 4.4% vs 3.8% (p=n.s.), respectively. Laparoscopic gastroplasty during esophagectomy was shown to be a safe procedure. Intraoperative splenic lesions were rare; respiratory complications seemed decreased after the laparoscopic approach in comparison to open gastroplasty; major long-term complications were specific to the open or laparoscopic approach.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)315-318
Number of pages4
JournalRays - International Journal of Radiological Sciences
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2005


  • Esophagectomy
  • Laparoscopic gastroplasty
  • Minimally invasive surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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