Techniques in Coloproctology

, Volume 22, Issue 11, pp 867–873 | Cite as

Technical variations and feasibility of transanal ileal pouch-anal anastomosis for ulcerative colitis and inflammatory bowel disease unclassified across continents

  • K. Zaghiyan
  • J. Warusavitarne
  • A. Spinelli
  • P. Chandrasinghe
  • F. Di Candido
  • P. Fleshner
Original Article



Initial reports of transanal ileal pouch-anal anastomosis (taIPAA) suggest safety and feasibility compared with transabdominal IPAA. The purpose of this study was to evaluate differences in technique and results of taIPAA in three centers performing taIPAA across two continents.


Prospective IPAA registries from three institutions in the US and Europe were queried for patients undergoing taIPAA. Demographic, preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative data were compiled into a single database and evaluated.


Sixty-two patients (median age 38 years; range 16–68 years, 43 (69%) male) underwent taIPAA in the three centers (USA 24, UK 23, Italy 15). Most patients had had a subtotal colectomy before taIPAA [n = 55 (89%)]. Median surgical time was 266 min (range 180–576 min) and blood loss 100 ml (range 10–500 ml). Technical variations across the three institutions included proctectomy plane of dissection (intramesorectal or total mesorectal excision plane), specimen extraction site (future ileostomy site vs. anus), ileo-anal anastomosis technique (stapled vs. hand sewn) and use of fluorescence angiography. Despite technical differences, anastomotic leak rates (5/62; 8%) and overall complications (18/62; 29%) were acceptable across the three centers.


This is the first collaborative report showing safety and feasibility of taIPAA. Despite technical variations, outcomes are similar across centers. A large multi-institutional, international IPAA collaborative is needed to compare technical factors and outcomes.


IPAA Ileal pouch-anal anastomosis TaTME TaIPAA Transanal 


Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

PF—teaching honorarium from Applied Medical, Inc. AS—teaching honorarium from Applied Medical, Inc. KZ—financial assistance for course attendance from Applied Medical, Inc.

Ethical approval

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

Informed consent was obtained from patients across the sites.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Zaghiyan
    • 1
  • J. Warusavitarne
    • 2
    • 3
  • A. Spinelli
    • 4
  • P. Chandrasinghe
    • 5
  • F. Di Candido
    • 4
  • P. Fleshner
    • 1
  1. 1.Cedars Sinai Medical CenterLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.St Mark’s HospitalLondonUK
  3. 3.Department of Surgery and Cancer Imperial CollegeLondonUK
  4. 4.Humanitas HospitalMilanItaly
  5. 5.University of KelaniyaKelaniyaSri Lanka

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