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Surgery. 1980 Nov;88(5):710-4.

An improved technique for low anterior resection of the rectum using the EEA stapler.


The technique using the EEA stapler for low anterior resection of the rectum has been modified to permit a low anastomosis that can be done with greater facility and safety. The method eliminates the bulky puckering of the ampullary purse string and avoids the disadvantage of joining segments of bowel of different sizes. It also decreases intraoperative contamination and minimizes chances for sepsis. Additionally, it affords an opportunity to check the integrity of the anastomosis. Success of the method seems to document the safety of stapling across a staple line. Results of this method used in a small group of patients are encouraging.

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