Pediatric Surgery International

, Volume 35, Issue 6, pp 685–690 | Cite as

Results of rectoanal manometry after a novel laparoscopic technique: laparoscope-assisted heart-shaped anastomosis for Hirschsprung’s disease

  • Chunlei Jiao
  • Dandan Li
  • Pei Wang
  • Didi Zhuansun
  • Ying He
  • Jiexiong FengEmail author
Original Article



The present research utilizes a mid-term follow-up study to assess the results of anorectal manometry after laparoscope-assisted heart-shaped anastomosis (LHSA) for Hirschsprung’s disease (HSCR), and compares it to a more generally applied approach, the laparoscope-assisted Soave procedure (LSP).


Retrospectively, patients from January 2015 to June 2017 who received LHSA or LSP were included in this study. After surgery, anorectal manometry was performed by the outpatient department. Anal sphincter resting pressure, anal canal length, amplitude of anal contraction, and frequency of anal contraction pre- and postoperatively were recorded. Additionally, mid-term complications were also monitored.


Preoperative manometry showed no statistically significant difference between the LHSA and LSP groups. Postoperatively, anal sphincter resting pressure was lower in the LHSA group (60.64 ± 9.33 vs. 68.84 ± 11.80 mmHg, p = 0.001). Furthermore, anal canal length of the LHSA group was shorter than that of the LSP group (1.41 ± 0.18 vs. 1.53 ± 0.25 cm, p = 0.015). Frequency of anal contraction also showed a statistically significant difference between the LHSA and LSP groups (13.53 ± 2.17 vs. 12.50 ± 2.03 per minute, p = 0.032). The complication rates showed no significant difference and were as follows: incidence of enterocolitis was 13.89% in the LHSA group and 20.45% in the LSP group, incidence of constipation was 11.11% after LHSA and 27.27% after LSP, and incidence of soiling was 13.89% after LHSA and 25.00% after LSP.


Manometric results of this study show satisfactory outcomes after LHSA. LHSA is an advanced surgical technique to make intestinal anastomosis easy and ensure a good prognosis.


Hirschsprung’s disease Anorectal manometry Heart-shaped anastomosis Soave 



Funding was provided by National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 81571478) and National Key Research and Development Program of China (Grant No. 2016YFE0203900).

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

The Institutional Review Board of Tongji Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology approved the protocol of the study (Permit Number 2010-HP0761, Wuhan, China). All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki Declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed consent

Written informed consent was obtained from the guardians of the patients included in this study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Pediatric Surgery, Tongji Hospital, Tongji Medical CollegeHuazhong University of Science and TechnologyWuhanChina

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