Techniques in Coloproctology

, Volume 15, Issue 4, pp 451–454 | Cite as

How I do it: the stapled ileal J pouch at restorative proctocolectomy

  • S. T. Martin
  • R. Tevlin
  • A. Heeney
  • C. Peirce
  • J. M. Hyland
  • D. C. Winter
Technical Note



Ileal pouch–anal anastomosis (IPAA) following proctocolectomy is the preferred option for patients with medically refractory ulcerative colitis, indeterminate colitis, and familial adenomatous polyposis. However, it remains a procedure associated with morbidity and mortality. Pelvic sepsis, pouch fistulae, and anastomotic dehiscence predispose to pouch failure. We report our experience with an adaptation for the formation of the stapled ileal J pouch using the GIA™ 100 stapling device (Covidien, Mansfield, Massachusetts, USA). When creating the J pouch, we remove the bevelled plastic protector from the thin fork of the stapling device, allowing the staple line to be completed to the tip of the stapled efferent limb of the pouch, thereby minimizing potential blind ending in the efferent limb and injury to the transverse staple line.


Patients undergoing elective IPAA at our institution over a 5-year period using this adapted stapling technique for creation of the ileal J pouch were reviewed. Data were collected from a prospectively maintained inflammatory bowel disease database, theater records, and patient chart review.


Forty-one patients underwent IPAA using this technique at our institution during the study period. Postoperative morbidity was encountered in 11 of 41 patients including pelvic sepsis, pouch fistulae, anastomotic stricture, or leak. There was no morbidity observed related to a blind efferent limb or transverse staple line disruption. No mortality was observed in this series.


Maximizing the length of the efferent fork of the GIA stapling device can reduce the length of redundant efferent J limb of the ileal J pouch. This may reduce the incidence of torsion, volvulus, distension, fistulae/sinuses, and pelvic sepsis/anastomotic leak following IPAA.


Ileal pouch–anal anastomosis Restorative proctocolectomy J pouch Postoperative complications 


Conflict of interest

The authors have declared that no conflict of interest exists.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. T. Martin
    • 1
  • R. Tevlin
    • 1
  • A. Heeney
    • 1
  • C. Peirce
    • 1
  • J. M. Hyland
    • 1
  • D. C. Winter
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Clinical Outcomes Research and Education (iCORE), Department of SurgerySt. Vincent’s University HospitalElm Park, Dublin 4Ireland

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