A fully stapled technique for gastrojejunal anastomosis creation in robotic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass.
PURPOSE: The purpose of this paper is to showcase a fully stapled approach to creating a gastrojejunostomy during a robot-assisted Roux-en-Y gastric bypass.
METHODS: We utilize two robotic 12-mm ports, two robotic 8-mm ports, and one 8-mm assistant port. The tools used are a fenestrated bipolar forceps, vessel sealer, cadiere grasper, needle driver, and a robotic stapler. After the partial gastrectomy, the roux limb is brought up to the gastric pouch where monopolar scissors are used to create a gastrotomy and enterotomy. The gastrotomy is made just above the staple line of the gastric pouch. The enterotomy is created 2 cm distal to the roux limb's staple line. The stapler is inserted into both the gastrotomy and enterotomy to create the common channel. A 2-0 vicryl suture is used to place four interrupted sutures across the remaining enterotomy in full thickness bites. An endoscope or Visigi bougie is advanced across the anastomosis into the roux limb before the final suture. The tails of the most lateral and medial sutures are grasped and lifted towards the abdominal wall. The stapler is advanced over the approximated enterostomy while holding tension with the suture tails. The stapler is fired transversely across the suture line to seal the gastrojejunostomy. The staple line may be oversewn with silk sutures. A leak test is performed prior to completing the reconstruction with the jejunojejunostomy.
CONCLUSIONS: A fully stapled technique of anastomosis creation may reduce operative time, standardizes the process for reproducibility, and increases consistency across operators and patients.
Published In/Presented At
Prager, L. P., Huff, M. L., Alfieri, S. E., & Sujka, J. A. (2022). A fully stapled technique for gastrojejunal anastomosis creation in robotic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. Langenbeck's archives of surgery, 407(8), 3311–3314. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00423-022-02634-1
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