Background: Advances in diagnostics and techniques have increased the number of detections of early cancer of the gastric cardia. The aim of this report is to describe a new technique of proximal gastrectomy and gastric tube reconstruction using an autosuture stapler. Methods: At operation, the upper part of the stomach was fully mobilized, and the abdominal esophagus was transected. The stomach was cut between the points of the distal three fourths of the lesser curvature and a half of the greater curvature, and a gastric tube measuring 20 cm in length and 4 cm in width was made. A circular stapler was inserted through a stapled line, and direct anastomosis between the esophagus and gastric tube was completed. Results: When compared with the patients who underwent proximal gastrectomy and jejunal interposition, those who underwent gastric tube reconstruction showed a significantly shorter operation time. All 3 patients who underwent proximal gastrectomy and gastric tube reconstruction recovered uneventfully and took foods satisfactorily. Good passage through the gastric tube was recognized on roentgenography, and reflux esophagitis or stomal ulcer was not found on fiberscopy. Conclusions: We believe the procedure is technically simple and safe, and provides good postoperative results in patients with early cancer of the gastric cardia.

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