Safety and Short-Term Complication Rates Using Single-Puncture T-Fastener Gastropexy
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PURPOSE: To report a single operator's experience using a modified single-puncture gastrostomy technique deploying up to three nonabsorbable gastropexy anchors. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective review of 69 consecutive patients undergoing gastrostomy, gastrojejunostomy, or jejunostomy tube insertion between March 2012 and January 2014 was performed. Technical success and 30-day local, major, and minor complication rates were assessed according to the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) Standards of Practice for Gastrointestinal Access. Procedure time was also recorded. RESULTS: Primary technical success of the procedure was 98.6% (68/69). In one patient, the procedure was aborted because the stomach could not be safely accessed. Major complications occurred in one of 69 (1.4%) patients, minor complications occurred in 10 of 69 (13%) patients, and local complications occurred in three of 69 (4.3%) patients. Local complications consisted of redness and mild tenderness at the enteric access site. Mean procedure time was 5 minutes (range, 3.1-36 min). CONCLUSIONS: Single-puncture, multianchor gastrostomy is a feasible technique for radiologically guided enteric access tube insertion with technical success and complication rates similar to conventional gastrostomy techniques. This technique could be considered when expeditious performance of a procedure is required.
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