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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 49  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 251-253

The feasibility and advantages of billroth-I reconstruction in distal gastric cancers following resection

1 Department of Surgical Oncology, Vydehi Institute of oncology, Bangalore, India
2 Department of Surgical Oncology, Viswabharathi cancer hospital, Kurnool, India

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M S Ganesh
Department of Surgical Oncology, Vydehi Institute of oncology, Bangalore
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-509X.102922

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Background: Gastric carcinomas are common malignancies in southern India and distal stomach remains the commonest site in low socio economic groups. Surgery still remains an important modality of treatment to achieve local control and also relieve obstructive symptoms. In this study we investigated the feasibility of performing a gastrectomy and billroth-1 type of anastomosis in a rural cancer center setting, with parameters like adequacy of margins, ease of anastomosis and its functional results were analysed Materials and Methods: Eight patients presenting to a rurally based cancer center underwent a distal gastrectomy and billroth-1 type of anastomosis for continuity restoration Results: All the patients had adequate proximal and distal marg. The surgical time varied between-hrs. The anastomosis was constructed without any tension on bowel ends in all patients. The average time to start oral feeds varied between- None of the patients showed symptoms of bile reflux nor dumping. The average hospital stay varied between- Conclusions: Billroth-1 anastomosis is a physiologically more natural way of restoring continuity following a gastrectomy and it is a procedure which would be technically more simpler and decrease per and post operative complications and allow speedier post operative recovery following surgery on distal gastric cancers.


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