Multi-layered intra-abdominal adhesion prophylaxis following laparoscopic colorectal surgery
Small bowel obstruction secondary to intra-abdominal adhesions is a frequent postoperative complication. Less invasive surgery carries a lower risk of postoperative adhesions, but adhesions may still occur after laparoscopic colorectal surgery. We present here some of our methods of adhesion prophylaxis for laparoscopic colorectal surgery.
The 167 patients who underwent laparoscopic colorectal surgery at our center from 2007 to 2012 were retrospectively reviewed. To prevent postoperative intra-abdominal adhesions, anti-adhesion barriers were placed using the half-overlap method. The rate of postoperative small bowel obstruction was compared among three groups: patients who received no adhesion prophylaxis (Group NP), patients who received single-layered adhesion prophylaxis adjacent to the incision (Group SP), and patients who received three layers of adhesion prophylaxis at different depths (Group MLP).
The rate of postoperative ileus was significantly different among the three groups, at 9.7 % (6/62) in Group NP, 5.0 % (1/19) in Group SP, and 0 % (0/86) in Group MLP).
This retrospective analysis found that placement of multi-layered anti-adhesion barriers using the half-overlap method provided the most effective prophylaxis. Prospective clinical trials are needed to further evaluate these methods of anti-adhesion prophylaxis.
KeywordsLaparoscopic colorectal surgery Postoperative adhesion Seprafilm Small bowel obstruction
No financial support was received for this study.
Atsushi Tsuruta, Tadashi Itoh, Toshihiro Hirai, and Masafumi Nakamura have no conflicts of interest or financial ties to disclose.
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