April 1977

Bowel Obstruction and the Long Tube Stent

Author Affiliations

From the Bexar County Hospital (Dr Brightwell) and the Department of Surgery, University of Texas Health Science Center (Drs McFee and Aust), San Antonio, Tex.

Arch Surg. 1977;112(4):505-511. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1977.01370040157024

• Fifty-eight cases of intestinal obstruction requiring operative intervention were reviewed. Enterolysis alone as the treatment for bowel obstruction as a result of adhesions appears to be as good or better than the long tube stent. Patients treated with enterolysis alone had a shorter period of postoperative ileus, a shorter hospital confinement following operation, and fewer recurrent obstructions. These patients also had a longer interval between episodes of reobstruction than did those treated with an intraluminal long tube stent.

(Arch Surg 112:505-511, 1977)