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Hand-sewn intra-abdominal anastomosis performed via video laparoscopy during colorectal surgery



Hand-sewn intra-abdominal anastomosis performed via video laparoscopy during colorectal surgery



Annales de Chirurgie 125(5): 439-443



Laparoscopic colectomies have been recently shown to be feasible and safe, with the use of stapling devices to fashion the anastomosis. The aim of this study was to evaluate the feasibility and safety of laparoscopic intra-abdominal hand-sewn anastomosis. Seven patients (four males and three females, mean age 48 years) were included. There were two ileocolic resections for recurrence of Crohn's disease, two right colectomies (one for Crohn's disease and one for carcinoid tumor of the appendix), two left colectomies for diverticulitis and one segmental colectomy for sigmoid volvulus. There were: four side-to-side anastomoses, two side-to-end anastomoses and one end-to-end anastomosis. Anastomoses were fashioned with interrupted single layer sutures in four cases (two ileo-colic and two colorectal anastomoses) and with single layer running sutures in three cases (two ileo-colic and one colo-colic anastomoses). The specimens were retrieved by means of a plastic bag through a 3 to 5 cm long minilaparotomy in five cases and through the rectum in two cases. Mean additional time to perform hand-sewn intra-corporeal anastomosis was 90 +/- 15 min. There was no operative mortality and no intraoperative complications. Postoperative course was uneventful in six patients. Patients were started on an oral fluid diet on day 2 and discharged on day 5, except for one patient with Crohn's disease who had a severe anastomotic bleeding on postoperative day 2 and who required laparotomy for hemostasis through a service colotomy with a single suture. He was discharged on day 8. Intra-abdominal hand-sewn anastomoses are feasible and seem reliable. This represents a new step making laparoscopic procedures even closer to conventional techniques. This technique must be evaluated in larger series.

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