Strategies of laparoscopic spleen-preserving splenic hilar lymph node dissection for advanced proximal gastric cancer
For advanced proximal gastric cancer (GC), splenic hilar (No. 10) lymph nodes are crucial links in lymphatic drainage. According to the 14th edition of the Japanese GC treatment guidelines, a D2 lymphadenectomy is the standard surgery for advanced GC, and No. 10 lymph nodes should be dissected for advanced proximal GC. In recent years, the preservation of organ function and the use of minimally invasive technology are being accepted by an increasing number of clinicians. Laparoscopic spleen-preserving splenic hilar lymph node dissection has become more accepted and is gradually being used in operations. However, because of the complexity of splenic hilar anatomy, mastering the strategies for laparoscopic spleen-preserving splenic hilar lymph node dissection is critical for successfully completing the operation.