Transoral stapling for Zenker diverticulum: Effect of the traction suture-assisted technique on long-term outcomes

Luigi Bonavina, Matteo Rottoli, Davide Bona, Stefano Siboni, Iris S. Russo, Daniele Bernardi

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Abstract

Background: Long-term outcomes and predictors of success after transoral stapling for Zenker diverticulum are still unclear. Methods: Between 2001 and 2010, 91 patients with Zenker diverticulum underwent transoral stapling under general anesthesia. Since 2008, the technique was modified by applying traction sutures to ease engagement of the common septum inside the stapler jaws. Perioperative variables, distribution of symptoms, and outcome of surgery were analyzed. Long-term results were compared between patients undergoing standard versus modified technique of transoral stapling. Results: The transoral approach was successfully completed in 79 (86.8 %) patients with a median age of 74 years. Overall morbidity was 5 %, and there was no mortality. The median length of hospital stay was 2 days. Six patients were lost to follow-up. After a median followup of 53 (range, 12-114) months, an improvement of dysphagia and regurgitation scores (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2856-2861
Number of pages6
JournalSurgical Endoscopy and Other Interventional Techniques
Volume26
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2012

Keywords

  • Aspiration pneumonia
  • Cricopharyngeal myotomy
  • Diverticulectomy
  • Dysphagia
  • Regurgitation
  • Transoral stapling
  • Zenker diverticulum

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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