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Laparoscopic-assisted colon anastomosis using the Valtrac® ring

An animal study


PURPOSE: For deep colon anastomoses in laparoscopic surgery, the mainstay is the circular stapler. Theoretically, however, such anastomoses can also be constructed with the aid of the Valtrac® ring. The aim of the present study was to investigate the feasibility of this approach. METHODS: In this approved animal study nine pigs weighing 15 to 20 kg were operated on under general anesthesia. After intracorporeal preparation, the colon was divided at the level of the entry to the pelvis. To fix the proximal half of the Valtrac® ring, the proximal limb of the colon was exteriorizedvia a minilaparotomy. After replacing this part of the colon—now bearing the Valtrac® ring—in the abdominal cavity and reestablishment of pneumoperitoneum, the ring was fixed to the applicator inserted transanally into the abdominal cavity. After placement of the distal half of the ring in the rectal limb and extracorporeal knotting of the pursestring suture previously placed with the aid of the laparoscopic pursestring clamp, the two halves of the Valtrac® ring were reliably closed with the help of the applicator. RESULTS: Eight of nine animals survived. One animal died on the fourth postoperative day as a result of an anastomotic insufficiency. At follow-up examination in the fifth postoperative week, none of the surviving eight animals showed any signs of prior anastomotic insufficiency. CONCLUSION: This animal study has shown that using the newly developed applicator system, the Valtrac® ring can be just as readily employed as the circular stapler for creation of a colonic anastomosis below the level of the promontorium.

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Correspondence to Dr. Karlheinz Thaler M.D..

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Supported by the Braun Dexon Company, Spangenberg, Germany. Presented at the 4th European Workshop with Biofragmentable Anastomosis Ring, Turku, Finland, May 28 to 29, 1998.

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Thaler, K., Schoenleben, F., Scheidbach, H. et al. Laparoscopic-assisted colon anastomosis using the Valtrac® ring. Dis Colon Rectum 42, 1196–1199 (1999).

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Key words

  • Laparoscopy
  • Laparoscopic anastomosis
  • Valtrac® ring