Resection of Meckel’s Diverticulum
This chapter describes the laparoscopic/surgical procedure for resection of Meckel’s diverticulum as performed by the following approaches: open and laparoscopic. The text includes an introduction that outlines the indications, risks, alternatives, essential steps, needed equipment, and variations in technique for the procedure in question. This is followed by a template operative dictation, which provides the reader with an operative report, such as that found in a patient chart or electronic medical record. A description is provided of the following critical concepts for this procedure: mobilize the Meckel’s diverticulum and adjacent ileum, inspect the diverticulum for the presence of ectopic mucosa, transect and remove the Meckel’s diverticulum near the ileal mesentery, consider ileal sleeve resection if large base, and inspect the terminal ileum for adequate lumen.