Background: Acute left-side colonic obstruction is a surgical emergency whose management is controversial. Recently metallic expandable stents have been used to relieve obstruction either to palliate the condition or to prepare for an elective surgical resection. Methods: We propose a new minimally invasive therapeutic strategy for the management of malignant colonic obstructions: emergency endoscopic stenting followed by elective laparoscopic one-stage resection. The first four cases are presented. Results: The stents were positioned successfully in all cases, and all the patients had an immediate restoration of bowel functions. After a period that varied from 4 to 5 days, they underwent a one-stage laparoscopic resection and were discharged 5 to 7 days after the operation. There were no postoperative complications. Conclusions: Malignant colonic obstruction can be managed by a sequential minimally invasive endolaparoscopic approach with an excellent postoperative outcome, good patient comfort, and a short hospital stay without the need for diverting stomas. A study involving a larger number of patients is needed to determine whether this approach is superior to traditional open surgery in terms of morbidity, mortality, quality of life, and recurrences.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Surgical Endoscopy and Other Interventional Techniques|
|Publication status||Published - Oct 1 2002|
- Colonic neoplasm
- Colonic resection
- Intestinal obstruction
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