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Table 1 Steps in the introduction of laparoscopic gastrectomy for gastric cancer at Karolinska University Hospital

From: Implementation of minimally invasive gastrectomy for gastric cancer in a western tertiary referral center

Step Time period Implementation of laparoscopic gastrectomy
1 2009–2012 Consultant surgeon IR, 3-year fellowship in minimally invasive UGI-surgery, Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol, UK
2 February 2011 Consultant surgeon MN visits Cancer Institute Hospital, Tokyo, Japan
3 March 2012 Consultant surgeons MN & ML visit center with experience in the field of minimally invasive UGI-surgery, AMC, Amsterdam
4 August 2012 Establishment of recurring 2-year fellowship (Japanese gastric surgeon) at Karolinska, in collaboration with the Cancer Institute Hospital, Tokyo, Japan (ongoing)
5 September 2012 First case of laparoscopic distal gastrectomy
6 2012–2013 Consultant surgeon ML, 1-year surgical training in minimally invasive UGI-surgery at Flinders Medical Center, Adelaide, Australia
7 April 2013 First case of laparoscopic total gastrectomy
8 May 2015 First case of laparoscopic total gastrectomy with functional end-to-end anastomosis using linear stapler
  1. UGI-surgery upper gastrointestinal surgery, AMC Academic Medical Center