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J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A. 2013 Jul;23(7):617-20. doi: 10.1089/lap.2012.0321.

A new technique of mesh-reinforced pancreaticogastrostomy: report of 13 initial cases.

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  • 1Department of General Surgery, Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital, Zhejiang University School of Medicine, Hangzhou, China.



Pancreatic anastomotic leakage is a common problem after pancreaticoduodenectomy and is a leading cause of postoperative morbidity and mortality. It is important to establish a safe and simple technique of pancreatic-enteric anastomosis to minimize pancreatic leakage.


From July 2009 to February 2012, a new method of mesh-reinforced pancreaticogastrostomy was performed in 13 patients after completion of the pancreaticoduodenal resection. Patient demographic data, pathology of lesions, operative parameters, and postoperative outcomes were analyzed.


The mean operative time was 6.9 hours (range, 5-11 hours), and the mean time for pancreaticogastrostomy was 25 minutes (range, 22-35 minutes). Intraoperative tests showed all pancreatic anastomoses were watertight. There was no postoperative death. No patient developed clinically significant pancreatic leakage (grade B or C) after operation; 1 patient (7.7%) was recognized to have a grade A pancreatic leakage. No significant complication (hemorrhage, intra-abdominal abscess, or cholangitis) was observed. The mean postoperative hospital stay was 20 days (range, 11-30 days). After discharge, all patients recovered well in the 4-week follow-up period without emergency room visit or re-admission.


The mesh-reinforced pancreaticogastrostomy provides a new way to perform pancreatic-enteric drainage after pancreaticoduodenectomy and has the advantages of simplicity, ease of handling, and applicability to all types of pancreatic remnants.

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