Surgical revision of the postesophagectomy gastric conduit to address poor emptying. JTCVS techniques Wong, L., Rivera, M. F., Liou, D. Z., Berry, M. F. 2024; 23: 132-140


Introduction: The configuration of the gastric conduit after esophagectomy can lead to chronic gastrointestinal and respiratory issues. Surgical revision of the gastric conduit has been described in small series but appears to be infrequently used. We investigated outcomes of revising dilated or redundant conduit in patients with severe quality-of-life issues.Methods: We identified all patients from 2016 to 2022 at our institution who underwent gastric conduit revision after previous esophagectomy either at our or another institution. Chart review was performed to assess prerevision course and perioperative outcomes. Pre- and postrevision imaging was compared for all patients to assess the impact of surgery on anatomic configuration. Patient-reported gastrointestinal and respiratory issues before and after surgery were examined.Results: The use of right thoracotomy combined with laparotomy to reduce redundancy and improve gastric emptying was performed in 8 patients. The symptoms necessitating reoperation included intolerance to oral intake and poor gastric emptying associated with both acute and chronic aspiration episodes. The median length of stay was 8 [4, 25] days, and there were no perioperative mortalities. Seven (87.5%) patients were tolerating oral intake at discharge. All patients had improvement in their prerevision symptoms on follow-up.Conclusions: Gastric conduit revision can improve severe postesophagectomy gastrointestinal and respiratory symptoms in patients with dilated/redundant conduits with limited perioperative morbidity.

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