Percutaneous endoscopic intragastric surgery: an organ preserving approach to submucosal tumors at esophagogastric junction
As an organ preserving option in the treatment of submucosal tumor found at the esophagogastric junction (EGJ), percutaneous endoscopic intragastric surgery (PEIGS) plays an important role, while it is not commonly performed and there have been very few reports on this unique operation. The current authors have been performing PEIGS since 1993 and have reported on its short- and long-term outcomes from one of the world largest series. Herein its confusing terminology is discussed and techniques of three different types of PEIGS (original PEIGS, single incision PEIGS, and needlescopic PEIGS) are precisely described. Although reports on clinical outcomes of PEIGS have been rarely published, both short-term and long-term outcomes seem acceptable, as far as we review our own experiences and the past literatures. PEIGS needs to be accessed by the data from larger series or RCT to be further justified and spread for the patients with submucosal tumors at EGJ to salvage their stomach.