Laparoscopic Jejunostomy with an 18-mm Trocar

Roberto Gedaly, Pablo Briceño, Ricardo Ravelo, Karen Weisinger

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We describe our technique to perform laparoscopic jejunostomies with an 18-mm trocar. This procedure facilitates the exteriorization of the proximal bowel and construction of the jejunostomy. We describe our laparoscopic technique in nine patients with severe neurologic conditions (two in the postoperative period of a cerebral aneurysm in a coma, three patients with severe head injury, and four patients with cerebrovascular strokes). The operative time ranged from 20 to 75 min (average, 44.38 min). Nutrition was initiated 24 h after the placement of the jejunostomy. Tolerance of the enterai nutrition was excellent in all cases. One major complication occurred, minor leakage around the feeding tube 3 weeks after the jejunostomy was constructed. The jejunostomy was removed without further consequences. Laparoscopy is an effective technique for the creation of feeding jejunostomies. We believe that this minimally invasive approach is an alternative for patients requiring long-term postpyloric enterai feeding.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)420-422
Number of pages3
JournalSurgical Laparoscopy, Endoscopy and Percutaneous Techniques
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1997


  • Jejunostomy
  • Laparoscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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