Laparoscopic low anterior resection, technical tips: how to prevent anastomotic leakage?
Epublication WebSurg.com, Jul 2009;09(07). URL: http://websurg.com/doi/lt03enokuda001
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.