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Minerva Chirurgica 2000 June;55(6):395-400

language: Italian

Hemorrhoidectomy for mucosal prolapse with circular stapler

D'Agostino G., Zampogna A., Rognoni M., Ricci A., Garavoglia M.


Background. The treatment of hemorrhoids has changed throughout the latter years. In selected cases hemorrhoidectomy with circular stapler, in personal opinion, is the best surgical technique. The goal of the present study is to evaluate the therapeutic results of hemorrhoidectomy by means of the above technique in 150 consecutive cases.
Methods. From March 1997 to November 1999, 150 patients were surgically treated, 84 women and 66 men with a median age of 57 years. 130 patients had III degree, thus with a reducible prolapse, 10 IV degree and 10 patients with II degree hemorrhoids resistant to ambulatory banding and/or sclerotherapy. Every patient was operated with the circular stapler in Day Surgery regimen, and the patients were discharged after 24 hours.
Results. Eight immediate hemorrhages were seen, four of which were surgically treated; 10 patients had urinary retention which required an urinary catheter. Healing was complete in the 15-20th day. The follow-up after one month was performed on 140 patients, at 3 months and at one year, on 100 patients. No suture stenosis and no recurrences of the hemorrhoid prolapse were observed. Follow-up after 6, 12 and 24 months on 100 patients was also considered in order to evaluate the results after surgery and late complications or sequelae. Fifteen patients were reevaluated after one and two months with anorectal manometry which did not demonstrate important alterations of the continence.
Conclusions. The advantages of this technique is to carry out a radical surgical procedure in a single event, by means of a rapid and mini-invasive technique, with an earlier physical recovery, with the absence of medication in the postoperative period, and an early social and working reestablishment.

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