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This chapter summarizes the various techniques for common abdominal and pelvic anastomoses. General principles of anastomotic construction are summarized, including a review of the basic anastomotic types, techniques, equipment, and common problems leading to anastomotic complications. Controversial issues such as treatment of mesenteric defects, anastomotic drainage, and fecal diversion are presented. This chapter contains detailed descriptions for the creation of simple and complex anastomoses. The rationale and creation of various fecal reservoirs are explained. Finally, troubleshooting techniques for various intraoperative complications are discussed.
KeywordsAnastomotic construction Handsewn anastomosis Anastomotic drainage Fecal diversion Neorectal reservoir Anastomotic salvage
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