Ex vivo small bowel auto-transplant

Whipple with sub-total colectomy with SMV and SMA reconstruction

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  • Case Description

    • In this video we present a technical challenge that required both surgical oncology and transplantation techniques to overcome. The patient is a 25 year old man with Lynch syndrome who developed an obstructing tumour in the mid-transverse colon. The tumour eroded posteriorly into the pancreas, obliterating the distal SMV and abutting the SMA.
    • After a decompressing ileostomy, the patient had multiple courses of chemotherapy with mild response of the primary and no metastases becoming apparent. It was elected to being him to the OR for a subtotal colectomy with whipple, reconstructing the SMV (proximal bifurcation and first jejunal branch) to a panel graft created from the superficial femoral vein.
    • The final dissection and venous reconstruction were performed ex vivo after flushing the intestines (small, large) and pancreas head with ice cold preservation solution on the backbench. After re-implantation, the splenic vein was anastomosed to the side of the panel graft in order to avoid splenic congestion.
    • The patient did well post-operatively, and was discharged home on post-operative day 10. His 3 month follow up CT shows patent vessels. This case demonstrates the marriage of transplantation techniques to hepatobiliary/surgical oncology procedures.
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