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To the Editor.—Increasing use of stapling devices has prompted us to devise a simplified method for performing a defunctionalizing colostomy.
Often the loop colostomy is employed by the surgeon as a compromise for complete fecal diversion in sick patients because of its simplicity, efficiency, and lack of complications. The technique we use converts this to a completely diverting colostomy by bringing out a loop of bowel through the abdominal wall; placement of a glass rod below the loop of bowel through an avascular segment of mesentery and onto the abdominal wall; ligation of the distal part of the bowel with the 30- or 55-mm automatic stapler (Figure, A); and formation of the
A, Ligation of distal part of bowel with 30- or 55-mm automatic stapler. B, Formation of proximal limb stoma by opening bowel wall with cautery 24 to 48 hours postoperatively. proximal limb stoma by opening the bowel
BRODMAN RF, BRODMAN HR. Defunctionalizing a Colostomy. Arch Surg. 1975;110(3):352. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1975.01360090122030
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