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We focused on the embryology and topographic anatomy of the infrapyloric lymph region, which is frequently involved in node metastases but technically complicated for dissection in gastric cancer surgery. Gastrointestinal organs possess their own mesenteries composed of double layers of peritoneum that enclose the intermediate adipose layer providing(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Although the three-field lymphadenectomy has established as a standard operation for esophageal cancer in Japan, criticism remains due to the lack of randomized controlled trials with a high EBM level. This retrospective study aims to clarify the effectiveness of the three-field lymphadenectomy using the data obtained from 906(More)
Suprapancreatic lymph node (LN) dissection is critical for gastric cancer surgery. Until currently, a number of laparoscopic gastrectomy procedures have been performed in the same manner as open surgery procedures [3, 4, 6]. Using the characteristic of laparoscopic surgery, the authors developed a new technique of suprapancreatic LN dissection. After(More)
Retraction of the liver is necessary to ensure an adequate working space in laparoscopic surgery, but the retraction force applied may cause transient liver dysfunction. We have introduced the technique using a Penrose drain to suspend the liver with the performance of laparoscopic gastrectomy for gastric adenocarcinoma. 111 patients with gastric(More)
We report a case of mixed adenoendocrine carcinoma of the upper thoracic esophagus arising from ectopic gastric mucosa. A 64-year-old man who had been diagnosed with an esophageal tumor on the basis of esophagoscopy was referred to our hospital. Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy revealed the presence of ectopic gastric mucosa and an adjacent pedunculated(More)
Thermal injuries of the esophagus are rare causes of benign esophageal stricture, and all published cases were successfully treated with conservative management. A 28-year-old Japanese man with a thermal esophageal injury caused by drinking a cup of hot coffee six months earlier was referred to our hospital. The hot coffee was consumed in a single gulp at a(More)
OBJECTIVE The robot-assisted surgical system was developed for minimally invasive surgery and is thought to have the potential to overcome the shortcomings of laparoscopic surgery. We introduced this system for the treatment of gastric cancer in 2008. Here we report our initial experiences of robot-assisted surgery using the da Vinci system. METHODS A(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM Recently, the use of endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) for gastric submucosal tumor (gSMT) and the development of laparoscopic and endoscopic cooperative surgery (LECS) have enabled either preservation of the stomach or minimization of the extent of partial resection. In the present study, the outcomes following the recent(More)
Postoperative pancreatic fistula (POPF)—often caused by pancreatic injury during dissection of the peripancreatic lymph nodes—is a serious complication after gastric cancer surgery. We defined protruding pancreatic tissue on the anterior side of the pancreas head as “process of the pancreas head” (PPH) and investigated whether PPH is a predictable risk(More)
Little is known about the vascular and lymphatic distribution of the pyloric antrum in the stomach. We focused on the infrapyloric region containing the infrapyloric artery (IPA) and lymph nodes. The anatomy of the IPA and its associated lymph nodes was clinically elucidated during 156 laparoscopic gastrectomies. Most of the arteries originated from the(More)