Gastric gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) have a distinct surgical therapy compared to gastric adenocarcinoma. Large oncologic margins and lymphadenectomy are not necessary rendering local resections suitable to treat the disease and spare the stomach. That may be accomplished through a minimally invasive approach.
Most authors adopt a tailored approach to gastric GISTs (1-4). Exophytic tumors are generally resected via laparoscopy while endophytic tumors or those located in the posterior gastric wall, cardia or pylorus may be resected through an endogastro (transgastric) approach.
We present a video of a 67-year-old woman with an endophytic 3.5 cm gastric GIST located in the posterior wall of the gastric body. An uneventful endogastric resection was carried out. The patient was discharged in the following day. Pathologic examination showed free margins and a low grade GIST.
Patient selection and workup
Loss of integrity and spillage of tumor cells increase the risk for recurrence, thus some guidelines limit the size for minimally invasive resection (5). Experienced groups; however, are able to resect large tumors intact.
Preoperative endoscopic tattooing of the tumor is usually not necessary, unless the size of the mass is very small.
Equipment preference card
Balloon-tipped trocars may be used to facilitate the transgastric stage of the procedure (4) but they are not essential as shown in the presented video. In this case, hooked needles (endoclose®) to fish the retention stiches are useful. Staplers make the procedure much easier, especially with an articulated head. A standard gastrointestinal load is sufficient.
Surgeon may be located either in the right-hand side of the patient or between the legs depending on his/her experience with gastrectomy/gastroplasty or antireflux operations. Ports placement also may follow previous experience; however, liver retraction is not necessary unless a hepatomegaly is present.
Abdominal cavity is searched for the main tumor and eventual metastasis. If the transgastric approach is decided, 3 trocars are inserted in the stomach to allow the camera and the hands of the surgeon to operate inside the stomach. The ports may be secured with a balloon-tipped trocar or retention stitches as shown in the video (Figure 4). Tumor is located and stapled. The specimen is removed protected in a bag. Stomach incisions are closed.
Role of team members
Usually a single assistant is needed to handle the camera. Intraoperative endoscopy may be necessary in rare cases to locate small tumors or retrieve per mouth a larger specimen.
Recovery is usually fast. Diet may be resumed in the same day and the patient may be discharged in the day following the procedure.
Tips, tricks and pitfalls
There is no need to pull the stomach to the abdominal wall. A nasogastric tube helps inflate or deflate the stomach as necessary. Tumor must be handled very carefully to prevent spillage. Normal mucosa around the tumor must be grasped not the tumor itself. Stitches may help presentation of the tumor too. Since extended margins are not necessary, there is no need to include too much gastric wall in the stapler to avoid unintentional inclusion of external vessels or structures.
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- Herbella FA, Tamasauskas I, Moura EG. This video discloses an endogastric resection of an endophytic 3.5 cm gastric gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) located in the posterior wall of the gastric body. Asvide 2016;3:374. Available online: http://www.asvide.com/articles/1143
Cite this article as: Herbella FA, Tamasauskas I, Moura EG. Endogastric resection of gastrointestinal stromal tumor. J Vis Surg 2016;2:161.