Liver Transplantation With Piggyback Anastomosis Using a Linear Stapler: A Case Report

Akbulut S. , Wojcicki M., Kayaalp C., Yilmaz S.

TRANSPLANTATION PROCEEDINGS, cilt.45, ss.1031-1033, 2013 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier


The so-called piggyback technique of liver transplantation (PB-LT) preserves the recipient's caval vein, shortening the warm ischemic time. It can be reduced even further by using a linear stapler for the cavocaval anastomosis. Herein, we have presented a case of a patient undergoing a side-to-side, whole-organ PB-LT for cryptogenic cirrhosis. Upper and lower orifices of the donor caval vein were closed at the back table using a running 5-0 polypropylene suture. Three stay sutures were then placed on caudal parts of both the recipient and donor caval with a 5-mm venotomies. The endoscopic linear stapler was placed upward through the orifices and fired. A second stapler was placed more cranially and fired resulting in a 8-9 cm long cavocavostomy. Some loose clips were flushed away from the caval lumen. The caval anastomosis was performed within 4 minutes; the time needed to close the caval vein stapler insertion orifices (4-0 polypropylene running suture) before reperfusion was 1 minute. All other anastomoses were performed as typically sutured. The presented technique enables one to reduce the warm ischemic time, which can be of particular importance with marginal grafts.