What is a jejunum tissue transfer?
The small intestine is composed of three segments:
Why is a jejunum tissue transfer done?
- To repair defects of the pharynx after surgical removal of cancer of the pharynx
- To restore the patient’s ability to swallow
A jejunum tissue transfer is not recommended with:
How is a jejunum tissue transfer performed?
Before the procedure
- The patient will be asked to undergo an endoscopy or a CT scan.
- Bowel preparation will be given the night before the surgery.
- The patient will receive antibiotics before the surgery.
During the procedure
- A long segment of the jejunum is removed using laparoscopy.
- The blood supply is located and harvested.
- The flaps harvested are placed at the site of the defect and adjusted.
- The incisions are closed.
After the procedure
What are the risks and complications of a jejunum tissue transfer?
The common risk and complications of a jejunum tissue transfer may include:
- Blood clot at the jejunum
- Tenderness in the abdomen
- Fistula formation
- Narrowing of the jejunum
A jejunum tissue transfer is gaining popularity due to its effectiveness and reliability. The complication rates have declined with significant advancement in the techniques used in a jejunum tissue transfer.