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An alternative linear stapling technique for performing Roux-en-Y anastomosis

Authors
Journal
The American Journal of Surgery
0002-9610
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
184
Issue
5
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0002-9610(02)01000-0
Keywords
  • Regular Article
Disciplines
  • Economics
  • Political Science

Abstract

Abstract Background: The use of stapling devices for performing gastrointestinal anastomosis has gained wide acceptance in the last decade. Linear cutting devices have been used routinely during gastrointestinal operations in our hospital since 1992. However, we still have shortage of stapling devices due to cost reduction politics. Methods We propose a modification of the standard technique in order to reduce the number of devices used. Our technique employs a single stapled including the section of the jejunum and the side-to-side jejunoanastomosis. Results We have used this technique for 1 year without complications related to the stapled anastomosis. Conclusions This technique may reduce the time of reconstruction of Roux-en-Y anastomosis without interfering in its final result. This modified technique may be useful in hospitals with reduced economic resources.

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