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Laparoscopic low anterior resection, technical tips: how to prevent anastomotic leakage?

J Okuda, MD, PhD N Tanigawa, MD, PhD, FACS
Epublication WebSurg.com, Jul 2009;09(07). URL: http://websurg.com/doi/lt03enokuda001

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Despite improved surgical techniques, anastomotic leakage is still a severe complication in colorectal surgery, with increased morbidity and mortality. The leakage reported rate varies from 3% to 19%, and is usually higher than 10%. In this lecture, Prof. Junji Okuda reports his experience, with video demonstration, in performing low anterior resection and provides his recommendations to prevent anastomotic leakage.