Pearls for the Small Bowel and Colon That Will Not Reach

  • Daniel I. Chu
  • Eric J. DozoisEmail author


Reestablishment of gastrointestinal continuity is a technically challenging but rewarding part of abdominal surgery. During reconstruction, surgeons may face a stressful situation in which the small bowel or colon “just does not reach,” either to the distal end for an anastomosis, or to the skin, to construct a stoma. With a detailed understanding of key embryologic planes and vascular anatomy, the techniques illustrated in this chapter can be used to allow construction of a safe anastomosis or stoma in almost all circumstances.


Gastrointestinal continuity Tension-free anastomosis Mobilization Stoma Technique 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery, Department of SurgeryUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)BirminghamUSA
  2. 2.Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery, Department of Surgery,Mayo ClinicRochesterUSA

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