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Reversal of the Hartmann Procedure Through Only a Stomal Orifice

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We performed reversal of the Hartmann procedure only through the stoma site and we did not use either any other incision nor laparoscopic assistance. A total of 8 patients (7 males), ages between 23 and 80 years, were treated by means of a defined technique. The indications of the Hartmann procedure were sigmoid volvulus (4), sigmoid cancer obstruction (2), rectal trauma (1), and Fournier gangrene (one). The duration from the first procedure was a mean of 5 months (range, 2 to 8 months). The length of the rectal stump was at least 5 cm over the pelvic peritoneum and the body mass indices of all patients were less than 30 kg/m2. The diameter of the stoma opening was a mean of 50 mm (range, 40 to 55 mm). Incision extensions from the stomal orifice (accepted as conversion) were needed for two cases as a result of injury on the intestine and inability to identify the distal bowel stump (25%). The mean operative blood loss and duration of operation were 50 mL (range, 30 to 100 mL) and 65 minutes (range, 45 to 80 minutes), respectively. Fecal discharge of all patients was weighed before hospital discharge and the length of postoperative hospital stay was a mean of 5.5 days (range, 4 to 9 days). Neither anastomosis leakage nor surgical site infections were observed in any of the patients and all had an uneventful postoperative course. The described technique can be the least invasive one than the previously described techniques for the reversal of the Hartmann procedure by only using the stoma site, particularly for nonobese patients with a long distal rectal stump.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of General Surgery, Ordu University, Ordu, Turkey

Publication date: June 1, 2011

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