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Urology. 1995 Feb;45(2):326-8.

Laparoscopic enterolysis and placement of an intestinal sling before radiation therapy for the treatment of prostate cancer.

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Department of Urology, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New Hyde Park, New York.


We present an interesting application of laparoscopy in a man who was otherwise not a candidate for radiotherapy because of an adherent loop of small bowel in the proposed treatment field. Laparoscopic enterolysis was performed and the involved segment was displaced out of the pelvis; a synthetic mesh was placed to serve as a sling to prevent caudal migration back into the pelvis. The patient had a rapid recovery and subsequently completed a full course of radiotherapy. The experienced laparoscopist may find this a good alternative to open surgery in patients with a fixed loop of small bowel who require radiation therapy for pelvic malignancies.

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