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Plexiform Angiomyxoid Myofibroblastic Tumor (PAMT) of the Stomach: an Extremely Rare Mesenchymal Tumor Masquerading as Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor or Leiomyoma

Mustafa, Tahir; Suarez, Yvelisse; Damani, Tanuja
PMID: 34240325
ISSN: 1873-4626
CID: 4933592

Incidence of acute postoperative robotic port-site hernias: results from a high-volume multispecialty center

Damani, Tanuja; James, Les; Fisher, Jason C; Shah, Paresh C
Fascial closure at 8-mm robotic port sites continues to be controversial. As the use of the robotic platform increases across multiple abdominal specialties, there are more case reports describing reoperation and small bowel resection for acute port-site hernias. A retrospective review of all robotic abdominal surgeries performed from 2012 to 2019 at NYU Langone Medical Center was conducted. Patients who had a reoperation in our facility within 30 days were identified, and medical records reviewed for indications for reoperation and findings. The study included 11,566 patients, of which 82 patients (0.71%) underwent a reoperation related to the index robotic surgery within 30 days. Fifteen of 11,566 patients (0.13%) had acute port-site hernias, and 3 of these 15 patients required small bowel resection. Eleven of 15 acute port-site hernias (73%) were at 8-mm robotic port site, 2 of which required a small bowel resection. More than a third of the patients had a hernia at an 8-mm port site where a surgical drain had been placed. Considering that each robotic case, regardless of specialty, has three ports at a minimum, the true incidence of acute postoperative robotic port-site hernia is 0.032% (11/34,698), with the incidence of concomitant small bowel resection being 0.006% (2/34,698). The incidence of acute port-site hernias from 8-mm robotic ports is exceedingly low across specialties. Our results do not support routine fascial closure at 8-mm robotic port sites due to an extremely low incidence. However, drain sites require special consideration.
PMID: 32710254
ISSN: 1863-2491
CID: 4539892

Elective paraesophageal hernia repair in elderly patients: an analysis of ACS-NSQIP database for contemporary morbidity and mortality

Damani, Tanuja; Ray, Juliet J; Farag, Mahmoud; Shah, Paresh C
BACKGROUND:Elective paraesophageal hernia (PEH) repair in asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic patients ≥ 65 years of age remains controversial. The widely cited Markov Monte Carlo decision analytic model recommends watchful waiting in this group, unless the mortality rate for elective repair was to reach ≤ 0.5%; at which point, surgery would become the optimal treatment. We hypothesized that with advances in minimally invasive surgery, perioperative care, and practice specialization, that mortality threshold has been reached in the contemporary era. However, the safety net would decrease as age increases, particularly in octogenarians. METHODS:We identified 12,422 patients from the 2015-2017 ACS-NSQIP database, who underwent elective minimally invasive PEH repair, of whom 5476 (44.1%) were with age ≥ 65. Primary outcome was 30-day mortality. Secondary outcomes were length of stay (LOS), operative time, pneumonia, pulmonary embolism, unplanned intubation, sepsis, bleeding requiring transfusion, readmission, and return to OR. RESULTS:Patients age ≥ 65 had a higher 30-day mortality (0.5% vs 0.2%; p < 0.001). Subset analysis of patients age 65-80 and > 80 showed a 30-day mortality of 0.4% vs. 1.8%, respectively (p < 0.001). Independent predictors of mortality in patients ≥ 65 years were age > 80 (OR 5.23, p < 0.001) and COPD (OR 2.59, p = 0.04). Patients ≥ 65 had a slightly higher incidence of pneumonia (2% vs 1.2%; p < 0.001), unplanned intubation (0.8% vs 0.5%; p < 0.05), pulmonary embolism (0.7% vs 0.3%; p = 0.001), bleeding requiring transfusion (1% vs 0.5%; p < 0.05), and LOS (2.38 vs 1.86 days, p < 0.001) with no difference in sepsis, return to OR or readmission. CONCLUSION/CONCLUSIONS:This is the largest series evaluating elective PEH repair in the recent era. While morbidity and mortality do increase with age, the mortality remains below 0.5% until age 80. Our results support consideration for a paradigm shift in the management of patients < 80 years toward elective repair of PEH.
PMID: 33712938
ISSN: 1432-2218
CID: 4817222

Comparative Analysis of Patients with Robotic Hiatal Hernia Repairs with and without Collis Gastroplasty

Perrone, John A; Yee, Stephanie; Guerrero, Manrique; Wang, Antai; Hanley, Brian; Zuberi, Jamshed; Damani, Tanuja
INTRODUCTION/BACKGROUND:After extensive mediastinal dissection fails to achieve adequate intra-abdominal esophageal length, a Collis gastroplasty(CG) is recommended to decrease axial tension and reduce hiatal hernia recurrence. However, concerns exist about staple line leak, and long-term symptoms of heartburn and dysphagia due to the acid-producing neoesophagus which lacks peristaltic activity. This study aimed to assess long-term satisfaction and GERD-related quality of life after robotic fundoplication with CG (wedge fundectomy technique) and to compare outcomes to patients who underwent fundoplication without CG. Outcomes studied included patient satisfaction, resumption of proton pump inhibitors (PPI), length of surgery (LOS), hospital stay, and reintervention. METHODS:This was a single-center retrospective analysis of patients from January 2017 through December 2018 undergoing elective robotic hiatal hernia repair and fundoplication. 61 patients were contacted for follow-up, of which 20 responded. Of those 20 patients, 7 had a CG performed during surgery while 13 did not. There was no significant difference in size and type of hiatal hernias in the 2 groups. These patients agreed to give their feedback via a GERD health-related quality of life (GERD HRQL) questionnaire. Their medical records were reviewed for LOS, length of hospital stay (LOH), and reintervention needed. Statistical analysis was performed using SPSS v 25. Satisfaction and need for PPIs were compared between the treatment and control groups using the chi-square test of independence. RESULTS:> .05) with a median length of stay of 2 days observed in both groups. There were no leaks in the Collis group and no reoperations, conversions, or blood transfusions needed in either group. CONCLUSION/CONCLUSIONS:Collis gastroplasty is a safe option to utilize for short esophagus noted despite extensive mediastinal mobilization and does not adversely affect the LOH stay, need for reoperation, or patient long-term satisfaction.
PMID: 33517764
ISSN: 1555-9823
CID: 4775742

Letter to the Editor on "Complications Following Robotic Hiatal Hernia Repair Are Higher Compared to Laparoscopy"

Damani, Tanuja; Awad, Michael
SCOPUS:85112671304
ISSN: 1091-255x
CID: 5002762

Extensive Gastric Necrosis in the Setting of Phytobezoar Causing Gastric Outlet Obstruction

Damani, Tanuja; Sant, Vivek R; Shah, Paresh C
PMID: 32040810
ISSN: 1873-4626
CID: 4304182

Robotic Foregut Surgery

Damani, Tanuja; Ballantyne, Garth
Robotic-assisted surgery for benign esophageal disease is described for treatment of achalasia, gastroesophageal reflux, paraesophageal hernias, epiphrenic diverticula, and benign esophageal masses. Robotic Heller myotomy has operative times, relief of dysphagia, and conversion rates comparable to laparoscopic approach, with lower incidence of intraoperative esophageal perforation. The use of robotic platform for primary antireflux surgery is under evaluation, due to prolonged operative time and increased operative costs, with no differences in postoperative outcomes or hospital stay. Studies have shown benefits of robotic surgery in complex reoperative foregut surgery with respect to decreased conversion rates, lower readmission rates, and improved functional outcomes.
PMID: 32169179
ISSN: 1558-3171
CID: 4349982

Safety of Elective Paraesophageal Hernia Repair in Patients over Age 65: Reality Matches Theory [Meeting Abstract]

Damani, Tanuja; Ray, Juliet J.; Farag, Mahmoud; Shah, Paresh C.
ISI:000582798100008
ISSN: 1072-7515
CID: 4686622

Gigantic GIST: A Case of the Largest Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor Found to Date

Mohamed, Abdalla; Botros, Youssef; Hanna, Paul; Lee, Sang; Baddoura, Walid; Zuberi, Jamshed; Damani, Tanuja
Gastrointestinal stromal tumors are uncommon when compared to all gastrointestinal neoplasms but are the most common mesenchymal tumors of the gastrointestinal tract. The largest gastrointestinal stromal tumor ever recorded in literature weighed approximately 6.1 kg and measured 39 cm × 27 cm × 14 cm. About two-thirds of GISTs are malignant. The tumor size, mitotic rate, cellularity, and nuclear pleomorphism are the most important parameters when considering prognosis and recurrence. The definitive treatment for these tumors is resection. In the year 2000, the first patient was treated with the tyrosine kinase inhibitor imatinib and since then, gastrointestinal stromal tumors with high-risk features have been treated successfully with tyrosine kinase inhibitors. We present the largest gastrointestinal stromal tumor recorded in medical literature measuring 42.0 cm × 31.0 cm × 23.0 cm in maximum dimensions and weighing in at approximately 18.5 kg in a 65-year-old African-American male who presented with increased abdominal distention. The mass was successfully excised, and the patient was treated with imatinib without local or distant recurrence 1.5 years postoperatively.
PMCID:6186361
PMID: 30363960
ISSN: 2090-6900
CID: 3545462

Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor: How Gigantic Can It Get? [Meeting Abstract]

Botros, Youssef; Chowdhury, Deepshikha Nag; Szczech, Emily; Bollu, Janardhan; Damani, Tanuja; Baddoura, Walid
ISI:000395764604003
ISSN: 0002-9270
CID: 3545412