Laparoscopic-assisted vagotomy and distal gastrectomy
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This is a report of the techniques used on and outcome for three patients who underwent laparoscopic-assisted vagotomy and distal gastrectomy for complicated peptic ulcer disease. The first patient had a Billroth I anastomosis in 2 h 42 min with an estimated blood loss of 200 ml. Oral fluids were started on day 3 and the diet progressed to a soft food by day 5. The patient was discharged 11 days after his gastrectomy following a transurethal prostatic resection on day 6. The second patient had a Billroth II anastomosis. The operation was completed in 4 h 40 min with an estimated blood loss of 350 ml. Oral fluids were commenced on the 1st postoperative day and the patient was tolerating a soft diet by day 4. The patient was discharged 5 days after his gastrectomy. The third patient had a Billroth I anastomosis with an estimated blood loss of less than 150 ml. The surgery took 2 h 35 min; the patient was tolerating oral fluids on the first postoperative day and was discharged on the 4th postoperative day on soft diet. Laparoscopic-assisted vagotomy and gastrectomy has the advantages of a minimal-access procedure without the risks of an intracorporeal anastomosis.
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