Preliminary report: Search for a transgastric approach for managing gastrogastric fistulas

Gonzalo Torres-Villalobos, Daniel B. Leslie, David Hunter, Henry Buchwald, Luis A. Martin-Del-Campo, Sayeed Ikramuddin

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Background: Revision surgery to eliminate a gastrogastric fistula (GGF) is often associated with high morbidity. Methods: This report describes a percutaneous transgastric approach for revision surgery in three patients with GGF using a transgastric, totally extraperitoneal approach. Results: The access was performed successfully in all the patients. There were no intraoperative complications, and the patients had an uneventful recovery. One patient had a recurrence 8 months after the procedure but had achieved satisfactory weight loss during the period. We were able to perform a second percutaneous transgastric repair. The second patient showed an asymptomatic recurrence of the fistula, which was later completely repaired. The third patient has had moderate weight loss. Conclusions: Although current results are not optimal, we believe that this approach could represent an alternative for patients with a hostile abdomen or in whom co-morbidities comprise a prohibitive factor. Further experience, technical improvements, and longer follow-up are needed to evaluate and optimize this approach and evaluate its potential use in other surgical areas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)372-376
Number of pages5
JournalWorld Journal of Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2011


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