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General and digestive surgery

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LIVE INTERACTIVE SURGERY: thoracoscopic esophageal diverticulectomy and myotomy
A 65-year-old woman was referred to our hospital with complaints of dysphagia. She had a surgical history of cesarean section and cholecystectomy. Esophageal motility examination showed a normal lower esophageal sphincter (LES), and the absence of hiatal hernia and spasm in the distal part of the esophagus. The barium X-ray showed a bulky diverticulum in the middle thoracic esophagus and barium collecting inside the diverticulum without obstruction. The 3D-CT image also showed a giant diverticulum in the middle esophagus. The diverticulum was located below the azygos vein and carina of the bronchus and was sticking out from the middle esophagus in the contralateral side of the thoracic aorta. The diverticulum does not invade other organs. The patient was then proposed for an elective surgery, a thoracoscopic esophageal diverticulectomy and myotomy in a prone position.
B Dallemagne, S Perretta, D Mutter, J Marescaux
Surgical intervention
1 year ago
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LIVE INTERACTIVE SURGERY: thoracoscopic esophageal diverticulectomy and myotomy
A 65-year-old woman was referred to our hospital with complaints of dysphagia. She had a surgical history of cesarean section and cholecystectomy. Esophageal motility examination showed a normal lower esophageal sphincter (LES), and the absence of hiatal hernia and spasm in the distal part of the esophagus. The barium X-ray showed a bulky diverticulum in the middle thoracic esophagus and barium collecting inside the diverticulum without obstruction. The 3D-CT image also showed a giant diverticulum in the middle esophagus. The diverticulum was located below the azygos vein and carina of the bronchus and was sticking out from the middle esophagus in the contralateral side of the thoracic aorta. The diverticulum does not invade other organs. The patient was then proposed for an elective surgery, a thoracoscopic esophageal diverticulectomy and myotomy in a prone position.
Minimally invasive management of an epiphrenic diverticulum
We present the case of a 65-year-old gentleman who was referred to our department with long standing symptoms of dysphagia, reflux, and regurgitation. An esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) was initially performed to evaluate his symptoms and showed food residue in the esophagus and a wide-necked epiphrenic diverticulum extending from 38 to 41cm with superficial ulceration within it. The esophagogastric junction was at 45cm and appeared tight, which was consistent with the appearance of achalasia. A subsequent barium swallow and manometric studies confirmed the endoscopic findings. A minimally invasive laparoscopic approach was adopted for trans-hiatal dissection and diverticulectomy. Heller’s myotomy combined with an anti-reflux procedure was also performed to deal with the underlying achalasia as the cause of this pulsion diverticulum. The patient’s postoperative recovery was uneventful with complete resolution of his symptoms.
WT Butt, M Arumugasamy
Surgical intervention
1 year ago
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60 likes
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Minimally invasive management of an epiphrenic diverticulum
We present the case of a 65-year-old gentleman who was referred to our department with long standing symptoms of dysphagia, reflux, and regurgitation. An esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) was initially performed to evaluate his symptoms and showed food residue in the esophagus and a wide-necked epiphrenic diverticulum extending from 38 to 41cm with superficial ulceration within it. The esophagogastric junction was at 45cm and appeared tight, which was consistent with the appearance of achalasia. A subsequent barium swallow and manometric studies confirmed the endoscopic findings. A minimally invasive laparoscopic approach was adopted for trans-hiatal dissection and diverticulectomy. Heller’s myotomy combined with an anti-reflux procedure was also performed to deal with the underlying achalasia as the cause of this pulsion diverticulum. The patient’s postoperative recovery was uneventful with complete resolution of his symptoms.
When and how to manage esophageal diverticula: surgical and endoscopic procedures
Esophageal diverticula are rare. They may occur in the pharyngoesophageal area (Zenker's), mid-esophagus, or distally (epiphrenic). Most patients with diverticula are asymptomatic. Fewer than one-third of the diverticula produce symptoms severe enough to seek medical attention or to warrant surgery.
Surgical treatment has changed significantly with the development of minimally invasive methods which have increasingly replaced open surgery. If certain indications persist for open surgery, Zenker’s diverticulum is mainly treated with transoral endoscopic flexible or rigid techniques. This approach, which consists of a marsupialization of the diverticulum, also treats the concomitant motor disorder. These esophageal motor disorders are also present in the vast majority of patients with mid-esophageal or epiphrenic diverticula. These diseases are also treated mainly using a minimally invasive approach which consists of a diverticulectomy associated with an esophageal myotomy, which is widely recommended.
B Dallemagne
Lecture
3 years ago
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When and how to manage esophageal diverticula: surgical and endoscopic procedures
Esophageal diverticula are rare. They may occur in the pharyngoesophageal area (Zenker's), mid-esophagus, or distally (epiphrenic). Most patients with diverticula are asymptomatic. Fewer than one-third of the diverticula produce symptoms severe enough to seek medical attention or to warrant surgery.
Surgical treatment has changed significantly with the development of minimally invasive methods which have increasingly replaced open surgery. If certain indications persist for open surgery, Zenker’s diverticulum is mainly treated with transoral endoscopic flexible or rigid techniques. This approach, which consists of a marsupialization of the diverticulum, also treats the concomitant motor disorder. These esophageal motor disorders are also present in the vast majority of patients with mid-esophageal or epiphrenic diverticula. These diseases are also treated mainly using a minimally invasive approach which consists of a diverticulectomy associated with an esophageal myotomy, which is widely recommended.
Laparoscopic resection of an epiphrenic diverticulum
This video shows a laparoscopic resection of a large epiphrenic diverticulum and an esophageal myotomy with partial posterior fundoplication. Abdominal obesity as well as an accessory left hepatic artery originating from the left gastric artery make dissection of the right para-esophageal area difficult. An anterior phrenotomy as well as the posterior retro-esophageal dissection towards the aorta make dissection of the diverticulum possible. The upper limit of the diverticulum is strongly attached to the esophagus and the pleura, and its dissection is difficult. After complete dissection of the diverticulum and with the guidance of an intraoperative endoscopy, resection is performed. As it is believed that an underlying motility disorder is present, a distal esophageal myotomy and partial fundoplication is added. The postoperative course was uneventful and the patient has no remaining symptoms.
P Vorwald, M Posada, S Ayora González, D Cortés, M de Vega Irañeta, C Ferrero, ML Sánchez de Molina
Surgical intervention
3 years ago
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21 likes
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Laparoscopic resection of an epiphrenic diverticulum
This video shows a laparoscopic resection of a large epiphrenic diverticulum and an esophageal myotomy with partial posterior fundoplication. Abdominal obesity as well as an accessory left hepatic artery originating from the left gastric artery make dissection of the right para-esophageal area difficult. An anterior phrenotomy as well as the posterior retro-esophageal dissection towards the aorta make dissection of the diverticulum possible. The upper limit of the diverticulum is strongly attached to the esophagus and the pleura, and its dissection is difficult. After complete dissection of the diverticulum and with the guidance of an intraoperative endoscopy, resection is performed. As it is believed that an underlying motility disorder is present, a distal esophageal myotomy and partial fundoplication is added. The postoperative course was uneventful and the patient has no remaining symptoms.