Billroth II reconstruction in gastric cancer surgery: A good option for Western patients

Fausto Rosa, Sergio Alfieri, Giuseppe Quero, Claudio Fiorillo

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Purpose: The aim of this study is to report the short and long-term results of a cohort of patients who underwent Billroth II (BII) Distal Gastrectomy (DG) for gastric cancer (GC), in a tertiary referral Western center. Methods: From January 2005 to December 2015, a prospective observational study was conducted in candidate patients to elective gastrectomy for cancer. Results: Among 514 patients observed with GC, a series of 258 patients underwent BII DG for middle/lower third GC. Postoperative mortality and complication rates were 1.5% and 12.4% respectively. The overall and disease-free 5-year survival rates were 78% and 69%, respectively. Young age, lymph nodes retrieved, radicality of resection, and early tumor stages were independent positive prognostic factors at multivariate analysis for 5-year overall survival. Abdominal complications and advanced tumor stages negatively influenced 5-year disease-free survival at multivariate analysis. Conclusion: BII provides excellent results in terms of short and long-term prognosis and should be regarded as an acceptable reconstructive option following DG for GC.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)940-945
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Billroth II reconstruction
  • Distal gastrectomy
  • Gastric cancer


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