Alternative technique of laparoscopic hepaticojejunostomy for advanced pancreatic head cancer.
Machado, M.A.C.; da Rocha, J.M.; Herman, P.; Montagnini, A.L.; Machado, M.C.C.
Surg. Laparosc. Endosc. Percutan. Tech. 10(3): 174-177, 2000.



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Only 20% of patients with pancreatic cancer can undergo curative resection. Therefore, palliative treatment of pancreatic cancer assumes the utmost clinical importance. The aim of the palliative treatment of pancreatic head carcinoma is to relieve the jaundice and/or duodenal obstruction. Endoscopic or transparietal decompression of the obstructed bile duct can be accomplished in most cases, but the durability of these techniques is not as great as that of a surgically created bypass. On the other hand, hepaticojejunostomy carries higher morbidity and mortality rates than the former nonsurgical methods. In order to promote long lasting palliation with low morbidity and mortality rates, minimally invasive techniques of biliary and gastric bypass have been described. However, laparoscopic Roux-en-Y hepaticojejunostomy seems to be a complex surgical procedure. With an aim to simplify the construction of a laparoscopic hepaticojejunostomy, the authors suggest an alternative technique.