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J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A. 2018 Jun;28(6):780-783. doi: 10.1089/lap.2017.0111. Epub 2018 Feb 15.

Use of the 5-mm Endoscopic Stapler for Ligation of Fistula in Laparoscopic-Assisted Repair of Anorectal Malformation.

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Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children , Denver, Colorado.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Laparoscopic anorectoplasty (LARRP) for the treatment of select anorectal malformations has gained popularity due to enhanced visualization of the fistula and the ability to place the rectum within the sphincter complex while minimizing division of muscles and the perineal incision. However, given the technical challenges and reported complications of ligation, a number of techniques have been described, including using clips, suture ligation, endoloops, or division without closure. We aimed to evaluate fistula closure and division for high imperforate anus using a 5-mm stapler (JustRight Surgical, Boulder, CO).

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

A retrospective chart review was performed on patients who underwent LAARP for imperforate anus between March 2015 and December 2016.

RESULTS:

Four patients underwent LAARP with division of the fistula using the 5-mm stapler. The average age was 3.2 months and average weight was 4.5 kg. The location of the fistula was rectoprostatic in 3 cases and rectobladder neck in 1 case. There were no complications.

CONCLUSION:

Division of a fistula at or above the level of the prostate can safely and effectively be performed with the 5-mm stapler. The stapler allows for division flush with the urethra or bladder ergonomically and quickly.

KEYWORDS:

5-mm stapler; anorectal malformation; laparoscopic-assisted anorectoplasty; pediatrics; rectoprostatic fistula; rectovesical fistula

PMID:
29446703
DOI:
10.1089/lap.2017.0111
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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