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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 426-428

Intragastric laparoscopy for oesophageal eroded mesh removal: An approach to avoid resection

1 Upper Gastrointestinal Surgical Unit, Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards, Sydney, Australia
2 Upper Gastrointestinal Surgical Unit, Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards; Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

Date of Submission13-Dec-2019
Date of Acceptance21-Jan-2020
Date of Web Publication17-Sep-2020

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Carla Gillespie
Department of GI Surgery, Royal North Shore Hospital, Level 8 Clinical Administration 8A, Reserve Rd, St Leonards, NSW, 2065
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jmas.JMAS_286_19

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 ¤ Abstract 

The augmentation of hiatal repair for large hiatus hernia with mesh is controversial. There is some evidence that recurrence rates are less with mesh repair; however, there is a risk of mesh erosion. Complicated erosion may require complex revisional surgery and oesophagogastric resection. We present a novel approach to the treatment of oesophageal mesh erosion, by utilising a combined approach of endoscopy and intragastric laparoscopy. The symptomatic relief from this procedure may obviate the need for foregut resection in some patients.

Keywords: Hiatal hernia repair, mesh erosion, minimally invasive surgery, transgastric laparoscopy

How to cite this article:
Gillespie C, Ng A, Skipworth R, Leibman S, Smith G. Intragastric laparoscopy for oesophageal eroded mesh removal: An approach to avoid resection. J Min Access Surg 2020;16:426-8

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Gillespie C, Ng A, Skipworth R, Leibman S, Smith G. Intragastric laparoscopy for oesophageal eroded mesh removal: An approach to avoid resection. J Min Access Surg [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Oct 22];16:426-8. Available from:

 ¤ Introduction Top

The use of prosthetic mesh to augment the repair of large hiatal defects is wide spread, despite the risk of complications such as erosion and stricture. Erosion may lead to foregut obstruction or pain. If erosion is complete, mesh may be retrieved endoscopically. However, symptomatic erosion often requires partial or complete mesh explantation and in cases where a portion of mesh remains fixed to the hiatal muscle resulting in partial erosion, foregut resection may be necessary. Reoperative transabdominal surgery either laparoscopic or open may be complex, particularly in the presence of dense adhesions or partial erosion.

We describe a case of symptomatic partial mesh erosion in which difficult hiatal dissection and potential resection was avoided by combining endoscopy with intragastric laparoscopy to remove intraluminal mesh.

 ¤ Case Report Top

A 72-year-old female patient was referred to our unit having undergone complicated laparoscopic mesh repair of a large hiatal defect. A polyester composite mesh was fixed to the diaphragm using polyester sutures. Postoperatively, the patient developed an oesophageal leak with mediastinitis and pleural empyema. This required referral to another institution for oesophageal stenting, pleural lavage and decortication.

At follow-up, the patient complained of significant dysphagia and progressive post-prandial vomiting. A gastroscopy, performed 9 months postoperatively, revealed a distal oesophageal stricture with significant inflammatory change, associated with intraluminal foreign material suggestive of mesh. A computed tomography was performed and confirmed no recurrence of hiatus hernia but showed some mild thickening of the gastro-oesophageal junction.

Ten months following the patient's original surgery, she was referred to our institution for ongoing care. We were able to ameliorate the patient's symptoms temporarily with bougie dilatation and partial endoscopic mesh retrieval; but, following symptom relapse, the decision was made to attempt removal via intragastric laparoscopy.

At operation, a laparoscopy was performed, and a 12-mm camera port and two 5-mm balloon ports were introduced transperitoneally into the gastric lumen [Figure 1]. An endoscopy was performed, and an endoscopic snare was used to grasp the mesh. It was then delivered from the oesophageal lumen into the gastric lumen, where laparoscopic forceps could grasp it [Figure 2]. The mesh was trimmed using laparoscopic scissors, back to the oesophageal mucosa. The mesh was retrieved endoscopically.
Figure 1: Intragastric port placement

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Figure 2: Grasping the eroded mesh with view of endoscopy through hiatus

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Post-operative barium swallow was normal and the patient was resumed on oral intake. Symptomatic relief was immediate, and the patient was tolerating all foods including bread and meat. The post-operative course was complicated by minor port site wound infection.

At most recent follow-up, 3 years postoperatively, imaging has revealed a recurrent hiatal defect. The patient does experience some mild epigastric discomfort but is able to tolerate small meals, and no further intervention has been required to date.

 ¤ Discussion Top

Two recent meta-analyses and systematic reviews[1],[2] have shown a very low complication rate of 1.9% for mesh hiatal repair. Even with this low rate, serious adverse events are known to occur. A pooled institutional 28-case series published by Stadlhuber et al.[3] in 2009 makes for sobering reading with nine patients requiring foregut resection.

The technique we employed has been described for eroded mesh in the case of a 12-year-old child.[4] In this case report, the mesh was trimmed using a laparoscopic energy device. The combined transgastric endoluminal approach is also well described for the resection of benign foregut tumours, in particular gastrointestinal stromal tumours as well as resection of duodenal polyps. It was first described by Ohashi[5] in 1995 and since then has been used in over 100 reported cases.[6]

Previous reports have suggested that the mesh must be completely eroded and lying free in the lumen, before endoscopic removal. With the addition of intragastric laparoscopy, the advantage is that partially eroded mesh can be resected flush with the mucosa. Thus, the patient does not have to suffer a prolonged duration of symptoms or face the possibility of oesophagogastric resection. In our case, a successful symptomatic outcome was achieved without the need for open or resectional surgery.

This approach may be suitable for patients in whom partially eroded hiatal prosthesis is causing symptoms. In the event that further mesh erodes, the approach described above may be repeated.

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 ¤ References Top

Müller-Stich BP, Kenngott HG, Gondan M, Stock C, Linke GR, Fritz F, et al. Use of mesh in laparoscopic paraesophageal hernia repair: A meta-analysis and risk-benefit analysis. PLoS One 2015;10:e0139547.  Back to cited text no. 1
Memon MA, Memon B, Yunus RM, Khan S. Suture cruroplasty versus prosthetic hiatal herniorrhaphy for large hiatal hernia: A meta-analysis and systematic review of randomized controlled trials. Ann Surg 2016;263:258-66.  Back to cited text no. 2
Stadlhuber RJ, Sherif AE, Mittal SK, Fitzgibbons RJ Jr., Michael Brunt L, Hunter JG, et al. Mesh complications after prosthetic reinforcement of hiatal closure: A 28-case series. Surg Endosc 2009;23:1219-26.  Back to cited text no. 3
Dutta S. Prosthetic esophageal erosion after mesh hiatoplasty in a child, removed by transabdominal endogastric surgery. J Pediatr Surg 2007;42:252-6.  Back to cited text no. 4
Ohashi S. Laparoscopic intraluminal (intragastric) surgery for early gastric cancer. A new concept in laparoscopic surgery. Surg Endosc 1995;9:169-71.  Back to cited text no. 5
Ntourakis D, Mavrogenis G. Cooperative laparoscopic endoscopic and hybrid laparoscopic surgery for upper gastrointestinal tumors: Current status. World J Gastroenterol 2015;21:12482-97.  Back to cited text no. 6


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