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J Minim Access Surg. 2006 Dec;2(4):211-5. doi: 10.4103/0972-9941.28182.

Laparoscopic reversal of Hartmann procedure.

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Department of Surgery, Sultan Qaboos Hospital, Salalah, Sultanate of Oman.



The Hartmann procedure is a standard life-saving operation for acute left colonic complications. It is usually performed as a temporary procedure with the intent to reverse it later on. This reversal is associated with considerable morbidity and mortality by open method. The laparoscopic reestablishment of intestinal continuity after Hartmann procedure has shown better results in terms of decrease in morbidity and mortality.


The laparoscopic technique was used consecutively in 12 patients for the reversal of Hartmann procedure in the last 3 years. The adhesiolysis and mobilization of the colon was done under laparoscopic guidance. The colostomy was mobilized and returned to abdominal cavity after tying the anvil in the proximal end. An end-to-end intracorporeal anastomosis was performed between the proximal colon and the rectum using the circular stapler.


Mean age of the patients was 40 years and the mean time of restoration of intestinal continuity was 130 days. Two patients were converted to open. The mean time of operation was 90 min. There were no postoperative complications and mortality. The mean hospital stay was 5 days.


Laparoscopic reversal of Hartmann is technically safe and feasible.


Hartmann procedure; laparoscopy

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