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February 1980

Protecting the High-Risk Rectal Anastomosis

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery B, Hadassah University Hospital, Jerusalem.

Arch Surg. 1980;115(2):214-215. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1980.01380020080019

• Anastomotic leakage is a serious complication of colonic surgery, and contributes significantly to morbidity and mortality. A new technique has been developed to reduce the danger from such leaks, which involves exteriorizing a loop of transverse colon without opening it. Should a leak develop, this loop can be transformed into a colostomy; otherwise, it can be easily reimplanted into the abdomen once the bowel is healed.

(Arch Surg 115:214-215, 1980)