Laparoscopic subtotal colectomy with ileorectal anastomosis in complicated Crohn’s disease
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In recent years, laparoscopic segmental colectomy for the management of colonic diseases has expanded. Several randomized controlled trials have shown that short-term postoperative outcomes with the laparoscopic approach are better than with open surgery [1, 2]. However, in complicated Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis requiring subtotal colectomy (STC), surgeons are more conservative in adopting laparoscopic surgery because the patients are often immunosuppressed, weak, or sometimes, hemodynamically unstable. Moreover, tactile sensation is not possible with the laparoscopic approach which is concerning considering tissue friability. Consequently, during patient workup, risks must be carefully weighed against benefits and surgeons’ experience to select the most suitable treatment.
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