A Simplified Open Gastrostomy under Local Anesthesia

Zickler, Robert W.; Barbagiovanni, John T.; Swan, Kenneth G.
August 2001
American Surgeon;Aug2001, Vol. 67 Issue 8, p806
Academic Journal
Revision of the standard gastrostomy is often necessary in patients with neuromuscular disorders. These patients pose many anesthetic risks that frequently preclude the use of general anesthesia, intravenous sedation, or endoscopy. Modification of the Stamm gastrostomy enables it to be performed comfortably and readily under local anesthesia. The modification proposed passes the gastrostomy tube through the omentum en route to the abdominal wall. This ensures a seal to the surgical site, eliminates the need for tacking sutures, and allows for a smaller midline incision. These factors greatly reduce the discomfort of the procedure allowing it to be easily accomplished under local anesthesia. This technique of open gastrostomy under local anesthesia has been used in more than 35 patients over the past 10 years with no documented leaks.


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