The pylorus is freed from adjacent connective tissue (B), and the omentum minus is opened along the minor curvature. Care has to be taken not to overlook a left hepatic artery. The left gastric artery is exposed as well as the coronary vein. Both structures are ligated and transected (C). Thus, the lymphatic tissue along the lesser and greater curvature is included in the specimen. The right gastric artery and vein are ligated and transected as well as the right gastroepiploic artery and vein at the greater curve, preserving the arcade vessels of the proximal part of the stomach.
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