Assessing clinical outcomes of modified laparoscopic gastrostomy in children: a case control study

Hussein Naji, Aafia Gheewale, Ebtesam Safi, Faiz Tuma

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Background: With gastrostomy becoming a common surgical procedure within the pediatric population surgeons continued to introduce modifications on the procedure to overcome some of the challenges and minimize complications. Modified U-stitches laparoscopic gastrostomy is gaining favor in some centers including the center of this study. Hence, this study was conducted to evaluate and compare its outcomes. Methods: Eighty-nine gastrostomy procedures performed between 2013 and 2020 were reviewed to evaluate the surgical outcomes of a novel modified U-stitches laparoscopic gastrostomy (MLG) to the standard laparoscopic gastrostomy (LG) in children. The main outcome measured is the rate of postoperative complications encompassing dislodgement of gastrostomy button, leak around button, local infection, and development of granulation tissue post-surgery which is compared between the two population groups. Results: The rate of leak around the button was found to be significantly less in the MLG (4%) compared to (15%) in the traditional LG approach with a p-value of 0.03. However, the overall complication rate for MGL is 63%; while it is 73% for LG. Conclusions: The modified U-stitches laparoscopic gastrostomy has a lower rate of complications in comparison to the standard laparoscopic gastrostomy making it a preferred technique for gastrostomy placement in children.

Original languageEnglish
Article number61
JournalBMC surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2022


  • Button
  • Children
  • Laparoscopic gastrostomy
  • Postoperative complications
  • Seldinger technique
  • U suture technique


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