Laparoscopic repair of small bowel and colon
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- Nezhat, C., Nezhat, F., Ambroze, W. et al. Surg Endosc (1993) 7: 88. doi:10.1007/BF00704384
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This is a retrospective review of laparoscopic repair for enterotomies created during therapeutic or diagnostic laparoscopy in 26 women. All patients had mechanical and antibiotic bowel preparation preoperatively. The indication for operative laparoscopy was endometriosis (18), severe abdominal adhesive disease (7), and adhesions with Crohn's disease (1). Enterotomies were secondary either to CO2 laser vaporization or excision of endometriosis and/or lysis of adhesions (23) and trocar insertion (3). The injuries included small-bowel enterotomies (9), colotomies (4), and rectotomies (13). No clinical complications related to enterotomy repair were noted. Twenty-three patients were discharged 1 day after surgery; one was discharged on postoperative day 2; and two were discharged on postoperative day 3. We concluded that small- and large-bowel enterotomies can be repaired safely via the laparoscope with minimum morbidity in patients with prepared bowel.