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Minerva Chirurgica 2000 March;55(3):133-8

Copyright © 2000 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: Italian

Use of the biofragmentable anastomosis ring in colon surgery

De Fina S., Franciosi C., Codecasa G., Real G., Colombo G., Visintini G., Romano F., Uggeri F.


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Background. Clinical results of colic anastomosis using biofragmentable anastomosis ring (BAR-Valtrac) are presented. Such a method showed to be a real alternative technique to the usual ones.
Methods. Eighty-six colic anastomosis using BAR are collected, 76 of which performed as elective surgery and 10 in emergency. The patients were 47 males and 39 females, with a mean age of 64 years. In 63 cases the patients were affected by colic neoplastic disease, in 16 by complicated diverticular disease (stenosis or perforation) and 7 patients had neoplastic disease of other organs involving the colon BAR device was used in 48 colic reconstructions after segmentary resection and in 38 colic reconstructions after left hemicolectomy. In each case 31-34 mm BAR were used.
Results. No perioperative death occurred in our series. Only one case (2%) of anastomotic leak was observed, while in 3 cases (4%) intestinal canalization disorders occurred. No problems for ring expulsion occurred in any patient. Three late complications were observed, as three cases of asymptomatic substenosis discovered during instrumental follow-up and spontaneously cleared up.
Conclusions. On the basis of clinical results, and according to those reported in literature BAR anastomosis is considered a safe, feasible and easy technique to perform colic anastomosis, even in emergency, limited to the intraperitoneal tract of the colon.

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