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Dafnis G.,Colorectal Unit
European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology | Year: 2016

Objective Ileal pouch-anal anastomosis (IPAA), has become the procedure of choice in patients requiring reconstructive surgery for ulcerative colitis or familial adenomatous polyposis. The aim of this population-based study was to present data prospectively registered and retrospectively evaluated on the short-term and the long-term results of 124 consecutive IPAA performed chronologically by three surgeons in a single referral centre. Materials and methods All patients who underwent IPAA from 1993 to 2012 were included. Early and late morbidity and mortality were evaluated. Results Early complications were observed in 25 patients. There was one death from cardiac failure, high output stoma occurred in six patients and wound infection occurred in four patients. Complications were associated with higher BMI (P=0.032). Four patients had to be reoperated. Peroperative bleeding was reduced when using an ultrasonically activated scalpel for the perimuscular dissection (P<0.00001). Clavien-Dindo grade III-V affected five patients. Only one patient developed anastomotic leak and septic complications. Late complications occurred in 61 patients. There was no procedure-related mortality. Pouchitis was the most common complication (n=37). Primary sclerosing cholangitis and age younger than 40 years were associated significantly with a three- and two-fold increased risk of pouchitis, respectively. Small bowel obstruction was the second most common complication (n=16), more common in women (P=0.031). The pouch failure rate was low: 2.4%. Clavien-Dindo grade III-V affected 13 patients. Conclusion In the hands of experienced high-volume surgeons, IPAA is a safe procedure associated with a relatively low early morbidity as well as an acceptable late morbidity. Copyright © 2016 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved. Source


Xynos E.,Colorectal Unit
Acta chirurgica Iugoslavica | Year: 2012

Several procedures have been designed and applied to treat overt rectal prolapse (ORP). Transperineal procedures, such Altemeier and Delorme operations, are associated with less morbidity, but higher rate of recurrence and less optimal functional results. Transabdominal procedures include a variety of rectopexies with the use of prosthesis or sutures and with or without resection of the redundant sigmoid colon. Nowadays, they are all approached by laparoscopy. Traditional prosthesis rectopexies repair ORP and improve incontinence, but are associated with increased rate of constipation. Resection sutuere-rectopexy seems to be associated with the best functional results, particular in patients with slow transit constipation and diverticular disease. More recently, prosthesis ventral coloporectopexy seems to be less invasive and to offer very satisfactory results. Source


Anastomotic leaks after colorectal resections for cancer are a leading cause of postoperative morbidity, mortality, and long hospital stay. Few data exist on the potentially deleterious effect of the anastomotic leaks after proctectomy for cancer on patient health-related quality of life. The aim of this study was to explore the effect of clinically evident anastomotic leaks on health-related quality of life after rectal cancer excision. This is a case-matched study. This study was conducted in a Greek academic surgical department. Included were 25 patients undergoing low anterior resection complicated by an anastomotic leak (Clavien classification II, n = 14, and III, n = 11) and 50 patients undergoing low anterior resection with an uncomplicated course. Health-related quality-of-life data were prospectively collected at fixed assessment time points (baseline, 3, 6, and 12 months postoperatively) by the use of validated questionnaires (Medical Outcomes Study Short Form 36, Gastrointestinal Quality of Life Index, European Organization of Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire-C30, and European Organization of Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire-CR29). "Leak" patients required a longer hospitalization. Although the numbers of initially constructed defunctioning loop ileostomies were not significantly different between cases and controls, "leak" patients were required to remain with a stoma significantly more often at all postoperative assessment time points. No differences were observed in the baseline scores between the 2 groups. Physical function of "leak" patients was significantly worse at all postoperative assessment time points. At 6 and 12 months, their emotional and social function and overall quality-of-life scores were significantly decreased in comparison with the patients with an uncomplicated course. "Leak" patients experienced significantly more "stoma-related problems" and "sore skin" around the stoma site. Limited number of patients, restriction of follow-up to the end of the first year, and heterogeneity in terms of the presentation, severity, and management of anastomotic leaks were the limitations of this study. Anastomotic leaks have an adverse effect on postoperative health-related quality of life. Source


Akesson O.,Colorectal Unit | Syk I.,Skane University Hospital | Lindmark G.,Colorectal Unit | Buchwald P.,Colorectal Unit
International Journal of Colorectal Disease | Year: 2012

Aim: A defunctioning loop ileostomy in low anterior resection reduces the incidence and morbidity of an anastomotic leakage, but complications related to the stoma may occur. We explored stoma-associated complications during the stoma period and after stoma reversal. Methods: A retrospective analysis of rectal cancer patients operated with low anterior resection and a defunctioning loop ileostomy at Helsingborg Hospital and Malmö University Hospital from January 2007 to June 2009 was undertaken. Results: Ninety-two patients were included, of whom 82 (89 %) underwent stoma reversal. The median stoma period was 6.2 ± 3.2 months. Sixty-six percent of the patients suffered from minor or major stoma-associated morbidity. The complication rate was significantly related to the stoma time (p < 0.01). Twenty-nine percent (27/92) had at least one episode of dehydration, leading to readmittance in half of the cases. Elderly patients were more prone to develop dehydration. Dehydration most commonly occurred early in the postoperative period (mean, 5.8 weeks). The mean hospital stay for stoma reversal was 6.5 ± 4.0 days. Forty percent (33/82) had some complication associated with the reversal. Conclusion: This study indicates high morbidity associated with defunctioning loop ileostomy. Our data suggest that the stoma time should be limited to reduce complications. Monitoring and early stoma reversal should be considered in elderly patients. Furthermore, stoma reversal is not uneventful, and more studies are needed to address how to minimize complications. © 2012 Springer-Verlag. Source


The decision to perform a protective ileostomy after ileoanal-pouch anastomosis is controversial, and most of the discussion is based on its advantages and disadvantages. Although a temporary intestinal diversion has been routinely indicated in most patients, this choice is also associated with complications. The present work aims to review the outcomes after restorative proctocolectomy with or without a protective ileostomy in the treatment of ulcerative colitis and polyposis syndromes. Most papers emphasize that diversion protects against anastomosis leaks; consequently, it may prevent pelvic sepsis and pouch failure. Otherwise, a defunctioning ileostomy may cause morbidity such as dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, psychological problems, skin irritation, anastomosis strictures and intestinal obstruction, among others. There are those who believe that the omission of an ileostomy after the confection of ileal pouches should be reserved for selected patients, with quite acceptable results. The selection criteria should include surgeon, patient and procedure features to ensure a good outcome. © 2013 Elsevier Editora Ltda. All rights reserved. Source

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