Use of a linear stapler in excision of Zenker's diverticulum

Yoav P. Talmi*, Yehuda Finkelstein, Rima Sadov, Ytzhack Shvili, Yuval Zohar

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Zenker's diverticulum is an outpouching of the hypopharyngeal wall through a triangular area of weakness in the inferior pharyngeal constrictor muscle. The current treatment of choice is a one‐stage diverticulectomy, with or without a cricopharyngeal myotomy. Closure of the esophagus after diverticulectomy by conventional suturing techniques may be somewhat difficult and time consuming. In the past 2 decades, use of stapling devices has been suggested in four reports, the largest being a series of four patients. We have used the Proximate disposable linear stapler in seven cases of Zenker's diverticulectomy with excellent results. Operation time was shortened, patient recovery hastened, and no complications were seen. We recommend the use of the stapling device in excision of Zenker's diverticulum.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)150-152
Number of pages3
JournalHead and Neck
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes


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