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Single Port Access (SPA™) gastrostomy tube in patients unable to receive percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy placement

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Access procedures for alimentation have been performed both endoscopically and surgically. In those patients in whom endoscopic tubes cannot be placed, the minimally invasive approach is a viable alternative. To minimize incisions and their sequelae, we have developed a single port access (SPA) technique in which minimal access surgery can be done through one portal of entry, often the umbilicus.


We have used the SPA technique to place gastric feeding tubes in patients who are not candidates for PEG tubes due to supraglottic stenosis. We reviewed our experience in the first five procedures we performed.


In all five patients a gastrostomy tube was placed laparoscopically via an umbilical incision and a left-upper-quadrant tube insertion point. Mean operative time was 44 min. All patients began tube feeds on postoperative day 1.


We present the first series of five SPA gastric tube placements, offering a viable alternative to PEG or open placement.

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Podolsky, E.R., Rottman, S.J. & Curcillo, P.G. Single Port Access (SPA™) gastrostomy tube in patients unable to receive percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy placement. Surg Endosc 23, 1142–1145 (2009).

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