Francesco Carafa, Immacolata Della Valle, Riccardo Memeo, Giorgio Palazzini, Domenico Di Nardo
Many technical reports concern minimally invasive surgery for stomach cancer; however, there is poor evidence about employing this approach for gastric stump cancer, which can arise at the anastomotic site in patients who have undergone previous partial gastrectomy for benign diseases such as gastric ulcer. Such surgery was quite common before the introduction of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), and so today, according to different statistics, gastric stump cancer can be revealed in up to 8% of these patients. This report seeks to highlight the possibility of employing a minimally invasive approach in patients who already had an operation for gastric resection.
The video shows technical notes about the hybrid laparoscopic-robotic approach performed in a patient who previously underwent open distal gastrectomy. Is the previous laparotomy an absolute or relative counterindication to reperform a surgery through a minimally invasive approach?