Laparoscopic-assisted Total Gastrectomy Versus Open Total Gastrectomy for Upper and Middle Gastric Cancer in Short-term and Long-term Outcomes
Surgical laparoscopy, endoscopy & percutaneous techniques | 9 Apr 2014
SR Lee, HO Kim, BH Son, JH Shin and CH Yoo
In recent years, laparoscopy-assisted distal gastrectomy has become the recognized procedure for treatment of early gastric cancer because of improved cosmesis and reduced postoperative pain. However, there are a few reports of laparoscopic-assisted total gastrectomy (LATG) performed for gastric cancer in the upper third or middle third stomach due to the difficulties of surgical techniques and the safety of oncologic short-term and long-term outcomes.
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