Title

The novel application of an emerging device for salvage of primary repair in high-risk complex esophageal atresia.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-29-2022

Publication Title

Journal of pediatric surgery

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Preservation of native esophagus is a tenet of esophageal atresia (EA) repair. However, techniques for delayed primary anastomosis are severely limited for surgically and medically complex patients at high-risk for operative repair. We report our initial experience with the novel application of the Connect-EA, an esophageal magnetic compression anastomosis device, for salvage of primary repair in 2 high-risk complex EA patients. Compassionate use was approved by the FDA and treating institutions.

OPERATIVE TECHNIQUE: Two approaches using the Connect-EA are described - a totally endoscopic approach and a novel hybrid operative approach. To our knowledge, this is the first successful use of a hybrid operative approach with an esophageal magnetic compression device.

OUTCOMES: Salvage of delayed primary anastomosis was successful in both patients. The totally endoscopic approach significantly reduced operative time and avoided repeat high-risk operation. The hybrid operative approach salvaged delayed primary anastomosis and avoided cervical esophagostomy.

CONCLUSION: The Connect-EA is a novel intervention to achieve delayed primary esophageal repair in complex EA patients with high-risk tissue characteristics and multi-system comorbidities that limit operative repair. We propose a clinical algorithm for use of the totally endoscopic approach and hybrid operative approach for use of the Connect-EA in high-risk complex EA patients.

Volume

S0022-3468

Issue

22

First Page

00382-7

DOI

10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2022.05.018

ISSN

1531-5037

PubMed ID

35760639

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