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  • 2007-12-05

Laparoscopic treatment of acute small bowel obstruction: multiple cases of laparoscopic adhesiolysis

Epublication WebSurg.com, Dec 2007;07(12). URL:
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The video shows the laparoscopic management of three separate cases of acute small bowel obstruction secondary to adhesions. The difficulties and advantages of such an approach in this emergency scenario are discussed. The author begins by inserting a trocar in the umbilicus. Upon exploration of the abdominal cavity, intestinal obstruction becomes clearly evident from the presence of dilated loops and flattened, collapsed loops. The author follows the collapsed loops until the transition zone is identified. The adhesions appear between the greater omentum and the mesentery. This band is divided. Further exploration leads to the finding of a second adhesion. This area shows no signs of occlusion. The author divides this adhesion. Exploration of the remainder of the small bowel continues to rule out further adhesions.