Background: Various reconstruction methods have been performed following distal gastrectomy; however, each reconstruction method has its own advantages and disadvantages. This study aims to compare the long-term outcomes between Billroth-I (B-I) and Roux-en-Y (RY) reconstruction after distal gastrectomy for gastric cancer. Methods: A total of 459 patients who underwent distal gastrectomy (B-I: 166, RY: 293) were included. Postoperative endoscopic findings and biliary tract stone formation were compared between the two groups. Results: At 1 year and 2 years postoperatively, gastric residue was more common in the RY group, gastritis was similar between groups, and bile reflux was more common in the B-I group. At 5 years postoperatively, gastric residue was similar between the groups, while gastritis and bile reflux were more common in the B-I group. Gastroesophageal reflux was more common in the B-I group at 1 year postoperatively, but gastroesophageal reflux became not significantly different between the groups at 2 and 5 years postoperatively. Gallstone formation was more common in the RY group and in patients aged ≥ 65 years. Conclusion: During long-term follow-up, RY reconstruction was associated with lower incidence of bile reflux and gastritis, and higher incidence of gallstone formation than B-I reconstruction. The incidence of gastric residue was more common in the RY reconstruction group in the early postoperative period and became not significantly different between the two groups over time. For aged patients with RY reconstruction, cholecystectomy is recommended concurrently as gastrectomy.
- Bile reflux