Laparoscopic ileal resection for stenosing neuroma
Laparoscopy in acute care surgery continues to expand even in cases of small bowel obstruction which were conventionally managed by means of laparotomy.
The authors report a case of a 45-year-old woman, completely laparoscopically treated, with a history of previous appendectomy with pelvic abscess, cholecystectomy and removal of right ovarian cysts. She was admitted to the emergency room five hours before surgery with severe acute abdominal pain which appeared 24 hours before.
CT-scan with oral administration of gastrografin showed signs of intestinal obstruction and adhesions were suspected. The exploratory laparoscopy revealed adhesive small bowel obstruction with ileal strangulation. The intestine was viable and resection was unnecessary.
The role of diagnostic imaging modalities is relevant to decrease ASBO-related morbidity and mortality. However, because of the lack of specific radiological signs and laboratory findings of bowel strangulation, the diagnosis requires, when it is not contraindicated, a timely laparoscopic exploration with both diagnostic and therapeutic purposes.
Small bowel obstruction and ileal strangulation by adhesions: role of laparoscopy in early diagnosis and treatment
Small bowel obstruction (SBO) and laparoscopic approach
This video presents the laparoscopic management of bowel obstruction. It demonstrates the feasibility of the identification and management of mechanical bowel obstruction. Several parts of the video can be discussed:
1. In their comments, the authors report that the whole bowel has to be explored in order to prevent the presence of a secondary band at the origin of the obstruction. This is absolutely mandatory. Usually, the recommendation is to start the exploration at the level of the caecum and to mobilize the whole non-dilated bowel in order to prevent a risk of bowel injury during this manipulation. Exploration of the dilated bowel is much more risky. The authors did not show this extensive and systematic exploration.
2. The authors reported that they used 5 to 10 liters of warm saline for abdominal lavage. Today, there is no evidence of the benefit of this major abdominal lavage including 5 to 10 liters. Selective lavage can be recommended in case of significant bacterial contamination.
3. The authors consider the potential benefit of irrigation of the ischemic bowel with hot water after band division. This indication can be considered as potentially efficient regarding the recommendations in open surgery. However, laparoscopy has a significant advantage to keep the internal temperature of 37°C at a minimum, and certainly hot lavage, which cannot be over 39°C to 40°C, will probably also have limited impact.
Despite these minor remarks, this video has a scientific value in demonstrating a safe approach to a small bowel obstruction related to a single band, which is, in this case, very safely resected.
One can also focus on the value of working with a high quality camera, which gives the surgeon the possibility to clearly evaluate the vitality of the small bowel after an ischemic period, which is well demonstrated in this video.
Minimally invasive surgical approach to small bowel obstruction
The case is that of a 49-year-old female patient referred for an abdominal swelling in the periumbilical region, which was uncomfortable for the patient, namely in the contraction of the abdominals. She did not describe any changes in intestinal transit, anorexia, asthenia or associated weight loss. The imaging study by computer tomography documented a "cystic lesion of 13cm in the root of the mesentery in contact with great vessels and duodenum". The patient was resected laparoscopically in March 2016, discharged on the second postoperative day, without intercurrences. The video of the mesenteric cyst excision surgery demonstrates some of the risks of the laparoscopic approach of the mesentery and underlines the possibility of dissection of these cysts even when they are giant cysts and in close relation with vital structures such as the vena cava and the iliac arteries.
Laparoscopic treatment of a giant mesenteric cyst
This video demonstrates a case of a 49-year-old male patient, who necessitated an emergency surgical procedure for the management of a small bowel obstruction induced by the presence of Meckel’s diverticulum and intussusception. Due to an underlying necrosis, a resection and an anastomosis of the small bowel were performed.
Laparoscopic management of small bowel obstruction and ileo-ileal intussusception