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Pure transanal laparoscopic repair of early rectovaginal fistula
Background: Rectovaginal fistula is an abnormal connection between the rectum and the vagina, with leakage of rectal contents through the vagina. Different surgeries have been attempted such as direct repair, plug placement, advancement flap, muscle interposition, colostomy, proctectomy or delayed pull-through colo-anal anastomosis. Recently, transanal minimally invasive surgery has been described amongst the surgical options.

Video: The authors present a pure transanal laparoscopic repair of early rectovaginal fistula in a 74-year-old lady, submitted 3 weeks before to a laparoscopic anterior resection of the rectum with ‘en bloc’ hysterectomy for rectal adenocarcinoma (pT4aN0M0). A protective ileostomy was performed at the time of rectal surgery, and the postoperative course was uneventful. After having positioned the patient in a gynecologic position, a new reusable transanal platform according to DAPRI (Karl Storz Endoskope, Tuttlingen, Germany) was adopted. The exploration of the lower rectum put in evidence a 2cm rectovaginal fistula, located at a 3 o’clock position and at a 12cm distance from the anal margin. Absorbable figure-of-8 sutures using Vicryl 2/0 were performed to close the defect. Thanks to the curves of the instruments, the surgeon worked under ergonomic positions, without clashing of the instruments’ tips and any conflict of the surgeon’s hands. At the end of the procedure, injection of methylene blue through the vagina did not show any passage of the product into the lower rectum.

Results: The operative time was 120 minutes and intraoperative bleeding was insignificant. The postoperative course was uneventful, and patient discharge was allowed after 6 days. Due to the reusable nature of all the material implemented, no supplementary cost was necessary. The gastrograffin enema after 2 months showed a complete healing of the fistula. As a result, the protective ileostomy was closed.
Conclusion: Rectovaginal fistula can be repaired through a pure transanal laparoscopy, which prevents complicated and demolition surgeries usually performed through the abdomen.
G Dapri, M Degueldre
Surgical intervention
2 years ago
1401 views
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04:58
Pure transanal laparoscopic repair of early rectovaginal fistula
Background: Rectovaginal fistula is an abnormal connection between the rectum and the vagina, with leakage of rectal contents through the vagina. Different surgeries have been attempted such as direct repair, plug placement, advancement flap, muscle interposition, colostomy, proctectomy or delayed pull-through colo-anal anastomosis. Recently, transanal minimally invasive surgery has been described amongst the surgical options.

Video: The authors present a pure transanal laparoscopic repair of early rectovaginal fistula in a 74-year-old lady, submitted 3 weeks before to a laparoscopic anterior resection of the rectum with ‘en bloc’ hysterectomy for rectal adenocarcinoma (pT4aN0M0). A protective ileostomy was performed at the time of rectal surgery, and the postoperative course was uneventful. After having positioned the patient in a gynecologic position, a new reusable transanal platform according to DAPRI (Karl Storz Endoskope, Tuttlingen, Germany) was adopted. The exploration of the lower rectum put in evidence a 2cm rectovaginal fistula, located at a 3 o’clock position and at a 12cm distance from the anal margin. Absorbable figure-of-8 sutures using Vicryl 2/0 were performed to close the defect. Thanks to the curves of the instruments, the surgeon worked under ergonomic positions, without clashing of the instruments’ tips and any conflict of the surgeon’s hands. At the end of the procedure, injection of methylene blue through the vagina did not show any passage of the product into the lower rectum.

Results: The operative time was 120 minutes and intraoperative bleeding was insignificant. The postoperative course was uneventful, and patient discharge was allowed after 6 days. Due to the reusable nature of all the material implemented, no supplementary cost was necessary. The gastrograffin enema after 2 months showed a complete healing of the fistula. As a result, the protective ileostomy was closed.
Conclusion: Rectovaginal fistula can be repaired through a pure transanal laparoscopy, which prevents complicated and demolition surgeries usually performed through the abdomen.
Endoscopic internal drainage of gastric fistula after sleeve gastrectomy
Gastric fistula is a major adverse event after sleeve gastrectomy.
In this live instructional video, authors present the case of a 45-year-old woman with a complex postoperative course after sleeve gastrectomy due to a gastric leakage and a twisted stomach. The patient had already been managed with the endoscopic placement of a fully covered metal stent and a percutaneous drainage with no resolution of the fistula.
The first step of the procedure consists in the removal of a 16cm fully covered stent using a grasper. After contrast injection, the leakage and the gastric twist are visualized. Under fluoroscopic control, a 30mm pneumatic dilatation of the twist is obtained. Two double pigtail plastic stents are placed between the stomach and the abscess cavity in order to achieve internal drainage and facilitate the healing process. The percutaneous drainage will be removed one day after the procedure while the plastic stents will be removed after 3 months.
Gf Donatelli, S Perretta, M Ignat, M Pizzicannella, D Mutter, J Marescaux
Surgical intervention
8 months ago
792 views
2 likes
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14:45
Endoscopic internal drainage of gastric fistula after sleeve gastrectomy
Gastric fistula is a major adverse event after sleeve gastrectomy.
In this live instructional video, authors present the case of a 45-year-old woman with a complex postoperative course after sleeve gastrectomy due to a gastric leakage and a twisted stomach. The patient had already been managed with the endoscopic placement of a fully covered metal stent and a percutaneous drainage with no resolution of the fistula.
The first step of the procedure consists in the removal of a 16cm fully covered stent using a grasper. After contrast injection, the leakage and the gastric twist are visualized. Under fluoroscopic control, a 30mm pneumatic dilatation of the twist is obtained. Two double pigtail plastic stents are placed between the stomach and the abscess cavity in order to achieve internal drainage and facilitate the healing process. The percutaneous drainage will be removed one day after the procedure while the plastic stents will be removed after 3 months.
Chronic sigmoidovesical fistula: laparoscopic management
The most frequent underlying cause of sigmoidovesical fistula is complicated diverticular disease in 60% of cases followed by colorectal cancer and inflammatory bowel disease. It occurs in about 2 to 22% of patients with known diverticular disease. In diverticular sigmoid vesical chronic fistula, the preferred therapeutic management is represented by primary resection with anastomosis performed as a one-stage procedure. It is particularly true when the fistula is located between the vesical dome and the sigmoid colon distally from the trigone vesical. In this video, we demonstrate the laparoscopic management of a chronic sigmoidovesical fistula after acute sigmoid diverticulitis as a one-stage procedure.
J Leroy, A D'Urso, H Jeddou, D Mutter, J Marescaux
Surgical intervention
4 years ago
2051 views
61 likes
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07:01
Chronic sigmoidovesical fistula: laparoscopic management
The most frequent underlying cause of sigmoidovesical fistula is complicated diverticular disease in 60% of cases followed by colorectal cancer and inflammatory bowel disease. It occurs in about 2 to 22% of patients with known diverticular disease. In diverticular sigmoid vesical chronic fistula, the preferred therapeutic management is represented by primary resection with anastomosis performed as a one-stage procedure. It is particularly true when the fistula is located between the vesical dome and the sigmoid colon distally from the trigone vesical. In this video, we demonstrate the laparoscopic management of a chronic sigmoidovesical fistula after acute sigmoid diverticulitis as a one-stage procedure.
Laparoscopic repair of colorectal leak and fistula using a new transanal reusable platform
Background: Transanal minimally invasive surgery has triggered much interest and investment in research over the last decade. This approach can be used not only to perform primary procedures (e.g., polypectomy, TME), but also to manage intraoperative complications such as leaks, bleedings, and late complications such as fistulas.
Video: The first part of the video shows the repair of an immediate colorectal leak using transanal laparoscopy, in a 50-year-old woman who underwent a laparoscopic anterior resection of the rectum. During anastomotic control, a posterior leak 4cm away from the anal margin was found. A new transanal reusable port, named DAPRI Port or D-Port (Karl Storz Endoskope, Tuttlingen, Germany), along with DAPRI monocurved reusable instruments, was implemented. The second part of the video shows a persisting and symptomatic colorectal fistula, located posteriorly 11cm away from the anal margin, in a 65-year-old man who had undergone a laparoscopic anterior resection of the rectum 4 weeks earlier.
Results: Operative time was 60 and 45 minutes respectively. Patients were discharged after 5 and 2 days respectively. Controls at 2 months (before ileostomy closure) showed a complete healing of the defects.
Conclusions: Complications after anterior resection of the rectum, such as intraoperative leak and late colorectal fistula, can be treated using transanal laparoscopy. This new transanal platform offers surgeons the possibility to work in ergonomic positions without increasing the cost of the procedure thanks to the reusable nature of the material adopted.
G Dapri, D Guta, K Grozdev, L Antolino, K Jottard, GB Cadière
Surgical intervention
4 years ago
1677 views
33 likes
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05:55
Laparoscopic repair of colorectal leak and fistula using a new transanal reusable platform
Background: Transanal minimally invasive surgery has triggered much interest and investment in research over the last decade. This approach can be used not only to perform primary procedures (e.g., polypectomy, TME), but also to manage intraoperative complications such as leaks, bleedings, and late complications such as fistulas.
Video: The first part of the video shows the repair of an immediate colorectal leak using transanal laparoscopy, in a 50-year-old woman who underwent a laparoscopic anterior resection of the rectum. During anastomotic control, a posterior leak 4cm away from the anal margin was found. A new transanal reusable port, named DAPRI Port or D-Port (Karl Storz Endoskope, Tuttlingen, Germany), along with DAPRI monocurved reusable instruments, was implemented. The second part of the video shows a persisting and symptomatic colorectal fistula, located posteriorly 11cm away from the anal margin, in a 65-year-old man who had undergone a laparoscopic anterior resection of the rectum 4 weeks earlier.
Results: Operative time was 60 and 45 minutes respectively. Patients were discharged after 5 and 2 days respectively. Controls at 2 months (before ileostomy closure) showed a complete healing of the defects.
Conclusions: Complications after anterior resection of the rectum, such as intraoperative leak and late colorectal fistula, can be treated using transanal laparoscopy. This new transanal platform offers surgeons the possibility to work in ergonomic positions without increasing the cost of the procedure thanks to the reusable nature of the material adopted.
Laparoscopic management of a type III Mirizzi syndrome: cholecystectomy with flag technique and ideal suture of a cholecystobiliary fistula
In this video, authors demonstrate the laparoscopic management of a Mirizzi syndrome. Due to a cholecystocholedochal fistula and to a difficult dissection of Calot’s triangle, authors decided to modify the dissection technique by performing a primary freeing of the gallblader as described by Jean Mouiel. In order to prevent any further biliary damage, a subtotal cholecystectomy is also achieved by means of an EndoGia™ linear stapler. Cholecystobiliary fistula is repaired using an absorbable running suture protected by an internal choledochal drain placed thanks to preoperative endoscopic catheterization.
HA Mercoli, L Marx, J Leroy, P Pessaux, J Marescaux
Surgical intervention
5 years ago
5980 views
176 likes
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07:11
Laparoscopic management of a type III Mirizzi syndrome: cholecystectomy with flag technique and ideal suture of a cholecystobiliary fistula
In this video, authors demonstrate the laparoscopic management of a Mirizzi syndrome. Due to a cholecystocholedochal fistula and to a difficult dissection of Calot’s triangle, authors decided to modify the dissection technique by performing a primary freeing of the gallblader as described by Jean Mouiel. In order to prevent any further biliary damage, a subtotal cholecystectomy is also achieved by means of an EndoGia™ linear stapler. Cholecystobiliary fistula is repaired using an absorbable running suture protected by an internal choledochal drain placed thanks to preoperative endoscopic catheterization.
Intravesical mini-laparoscopic repair of vesicovaginal fistulas
Vesicovaginal fistulas (VVF) constitute the most common type of genitourinary fistulas. In developed countries, VVF are almost always iatrogenic and frequently a secondary complication of gynecologic surgery. Some minimally invasive techniques have been introduced to decrease morbidity related to standard open procedures for the treatment of VVF. One such procedure is the intravesical mini-laparoscopic approach. The aim of this was to present our initial clinical experience using this technique for transvesical VVF repair. In 2014, we carried out a mini-laparoscopic repair of VVF in two women who did not respond to conservative treatment with a Foley catheter. The procedure was performed transvesically with a 3mm instrument and a 5mm, 30-degree scope. The fistulous tract was dissected and partially excised. The bladder and vaginal wall defects were closed in two layers with two separate running barbed, absorbable 3/0 sutures. Median operative time was approximately 100 minutes, and blood loss was not significant. Patients were discharged from hospital 24 hours after surgery. A Foley catheter was left in place for 14 days. Imaging examinations performed 6 weeks postoperatively revealed no VVF. In patients with simple fistulas, this technique provides a minimally invasive easily reproducible approach with few associated complications.
The advantages of this technique as compared to the conventional laparoscopic approach are described as follows:
- the risk of bleeding is reduced because the size of the incision made is smaller and access to the fistula site is easier and direct without manipulating abdominal structures;
- the length of hospital stay required is significantly shorter with intravesical mini-laparoscopic than laparoscopic surgery conventional approach.
A Llueca, JL Herraiz, M Rodrigo, Y Maazouzi, D Piquer, M Guijarro, A Cañete, J Escrig
Surgical intervention
3 years ago
3184 views
123 likes
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07:16
Intravesical mini-laparoscopic repair of vesicovaginal fistulas
Vesicovaginal fistulas (VVF) constitute the most common type of genitourinary fistulas. In developed countries, VVF are almost always iatrogenic and frequently a secondary complication of gynecologic surgery. Some minimally invasive techniques have been introduced to decrease morbidity related to standard open procedures for the treatment of VVF. One such procedure is the intravesical mini-laparoscopic approach. The aim of this was to present our initial clinical experience using this technique for transvesical VVF repair. In 2014, we carried out a mini-laparoscopic repair of VVF in two women who did not respond to conservative treatment with a Foley catheter. The procedure was performed transvesically with a 3mm instrument and a 5mm, 30-degree scope. The fistulous tract was dissected and partially excised. The bladder and vaginal wall defects were closed in two layers with two separate running barbed, absorbable 3/0 sutures. Median operative time was approximately 100 minutes, and blood loss was not significant. Patients were discharged from hospital 24 hours after surgery. A Foley catheter was left in place for 14 days. Imaging examinations performed 6 weeks postoperatively revealed no VVF. In patients with simple fistulas, this technique provides a minimally invasive easily reproducible approach with few associated complications.
The advantages of this technique as compared to the conventional laparoscopic approach are described as follows:
- the risk of bleeding is reduced because the size of the incision made is smaller and access to the fistula site is easier and direct without manipulating abdominal structures;
- the length of hospital stay required is significantly shorter with intravesical mini-laparoscopic than laparoscopic surgery conventional approach.
A young lady with dysphagia and GIST after a complicated sleeve gastrectomy for morbid obesity
A 34 year-old woman was referred to us for persistent dysphagia and retrosternal chest pain, aggravated by eating. Two years earlier, she underwent a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy for morbid obesity.
Her operation was complicated by septic shock due to an esophagogastric fistula with subphrenic abscesses, and on postoperative day 20, she underwent a laparotomy, abscess debridement and drainage, splenectomy and application of cyanoacrylate-based glue, followed by endoscopic positioning of a self-expandable partially coated prosthesis.
Three weeks afterwards, her prosthesis was replaced with a self-expandable fully coated prosthesis due to persistent leak. This prosthesis was finally removed after 7 weeks.
One year after her operation, at gastroscopy, a 25mm submucosal nodule covered with an ulcerated mucosa was found in the proximal antrum. Biopsy was negative, and endoscopic ultrasonography was suggestive of GIST.
She underwent an esophageal manometry, which was indicative of esophagogastric junction outflow obstruction. Her barium swallow test showed a delayed esophageal emptying due to the narrowing and twisting of the proximal part of the stomach. Her abdominal MRI was normal.
An exploratory laparoscopy was indicated for adhesiolysis and removal of the antral lesion.
Total duration of the operation was 3 hours. Her postoperative course was uneventful and she was discharged on postoperative day 6.
Her postoperative swallow study showed the easy passage of the contrast agent with no leaks. The patient completely recovered from her symptoms, and remained asymptomatic after 30 months. Final histology of her lesion evidenced a foreign body granuloma.
S Greco, M Giulii Capponi, M Lotti, M Khotcholava
Surgical intervention
3 months ago
1264 views
4 likes
2 comments
14:14
A young lady with dysphagia and GIST after a complicated sleeve gastrectomy for morbid obesity
A 34 year-old woman was referred to us for persistent dysphagia and retrosternal chest pain, aggravated by eating. Two years earlier, she underwent a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy for morbid obesity.
Her operation was complicated by septic shock due to an esophagogastric fistula with subphrenic abscesses, and on postoperative day 20, she underwent a laparotomy, abscess debridement and drainage, splenectomy and application of cyanoacrylate-based glue, followed by endoscopic positioning of a self-expandable partially coated prosthesis.
Three weeks afterwards, her prosthesis was replaced with a self-expandable fully coated prosthesis due to persistent leak. This prosthesis was finally removed after 7 weeks.
One year after her operation, at gastroscopy, a 25mm submucosal nodule covered with an ulcerated mucosa was found in the proximal antrum. Biopsy was negative, and endoscopic ultrasonography was suggestive of GIST.
She underwent an esophageal manometry, which was indicative of esophagogastric junction outflow obstruction. Her barium swallow test showed a delayed esophageal emptying due to the narrowing and twisting of the proximal part of the stomach. Her abdominal MRI was normal.
An exploratory laparoscopy was indicated for adhesiolysis and removal of the antral lesion.
Total duration of the operation was 3 hours. Her postoperative course was uneventful and she was discharged on postoperative day 6.
Her postoperative swallow study showed the easy passage of the contrast agent with no leaks. The patient completely recovered from her symptoms, and remained asymptomatic after 30 months. Final histology of her lesion evidenced a foreign body granuloma.
Robotic central pancreatectomy for a well-differentiated neuroendocrine tumor
In this video, we show a robotic central pancreatectomy for a well-differentiated neuroendocrine tumor. This is the case of a 50-year-old patient admitted to the emergency department for acute pancreatitis. CT-scan and MRI demonstrate the presence of a hypervascularized lesion of approximately 15mm in diameter, at the pancreatic isthmus. Scintigraphy does not evidence any intense uptake.
The colon and the omentum are detached and the stomach is suspended laparoscopically. The robot is docked using a lateral approach. A retropancreatic passage is achieved on the mesenteric-portal axis. An intraoperative ultrasonography is performed to visualize the tumor and delimitate the resection margins. After the dissection, the anastomosis is performed between the distal part of the pancreatic remnant and the posterior gastric wall.
A postoperative pancreatic fistula grade B was reported. It was successfully managed. The presence of a well-differentiated neuroendocrine tumor was confirmed. The patient was discharged on postoperative day 22.
P Pessaux, E Felli, T Wakabayashi, Z Cherkaoui, D Mutter, J Marescaux
Surgical intervention
7 months ago
2619 views
5 likes
3 comments
07:01
Robotic central pancreatectomy for a well-differentiated neuroendocrine tumor
In this video, we show a robotic central pancreatectomy for a well-differentiated neuroendocrine tumor. This is the case of a 50-year-old patient admitted to the emergency department for acute pancreatitis. CT-scan and MRI demonstrate the presence of a hypervascularized lesion of approximately 15mm in diameter, at the pancreatic isthmus. Scintigraphy does not evidence any intense uptake.
The colon and the omentum are detached and the stomach is suspended laparoscopically. The robot is docked using a lateral approach. A retropancreatic passage is achieved on the mesenteric-portal axis. An intraoperative ultrasonography is performed to visualize the tumor and delimitate the resection margins. After the dissection, the anastomosis is performed between the distal part of the pancreatic remnant and the posterior gastric wall.
A postoperative pancreatic fistula grade B was reported. It was successfully managed. The presence of a well-differentiated neuroendocrine tumor was confirmed. The patient was discharged on postoperative day 22.
Laparoscopic treatment of a hydatid cyst of the liver in children
Introduction:
Hydatid cyst is a parasitic disease caused by the Echinococcus granulosus tapeworm. Laparoscopic treatment of a hydatid cyst of the liver remains controversial and few series have been published. The aim of this work is to present a case of liver hydatid cyst in an 8-year-old girl treated laparoscopically.
Case presentation:
An 8-year-old child was admitted to our department for the management of a voluminous liver hydatid cyst. The patient underwent a thoraco-abdominal CT-scan, which concluded to a left lobe liver hydatid cyst. The laparoscopic open access is achieved at the umbilicus using a 10mm port. Carbon dioxide pneumoperitoneum pressure is maintained at 10mmHg. Two other 5mm ports are introduced in the right and left hypochondrium. A 0-degree laparoscope is then used. The cyst is protected by means of pads filled with a 10% hypertonic saline solution. After we proceed to a puncture aspiration of the cyst, sterilization is achieved via injection of a hypertonic saline solution during 15 minutes, then reaspiration is performed with a Veress needle. The cyst is opened with a coagulating hook and the proligerous membrane is removed and put in a bag. The last step is the resection of the dome and the search for biliary fistula. We drained the residual cavity. The pads are removed. The Redon drain was removed on day 2 and the patient was discharged from hospital on postoperative day 3. Postoperatively, the patient was put on albendazole (10mg/kg) for one month.
Conclusion:
Laparoscopy stands for an excellent approach to the treatment of a hydatid cyst of the liver in children by respecting appropriate indications.
R Adjerid, F Sebaa, N Otsmane, A Khelifaoui
Surgical intervention
9 months ago
1718 views
9 likes
1 comment
05:13
Laparoscopic treatment of a hydatid cyst of the liver in children
Introduction:
Hydatid cyst is a parasitic disease caused by the Echinococcus granulosus tapeworm. Laparoscopic treatment of a hydatid cyst of the liver remains controversial and few series have been published. The aim of this work is to present a case of liver hydatid cyst in an 8-year-old girl treated laparoscopically.
Case presentation:
An 8-year-old child was admitted to our department for the management of a voluminous liver hydatid cyst. The patient underwent a thoraco-abdominal CT-scan, which concluded to a left lobe liver hydatid cyst. The laparoscopic open access is achieved at the umbilicus using a 10mm port. Carbon dioxide pneumoperitoneum pressure is maintained at 10mmHg. Two other 5mm ports are introduced in the right and left hypochondrium. A 0-degree laparoscope is then used. The cyst is protected by means of pads filled with a 10% hypertonic saline solution. After we proceed to a puncture aspiration of the cyst, sterilization is achieved via injection of a hypertonic saline solution during 15 minutes, then reaspiration is performed with a Veress needle. The cyst is opened with a coagulating hook and the proligerous membrane is removed and put in a bag. The last step is the resection of the dome and the search for biliary fistula. We drained the residual cavity. The pads are removed. The Redon drain was removed on day 2 and the patient was discharged from hospital on postoperative day 3. Postoperatively, the patient was put on albendazole (10mg/kg) for one month.
Conclusion:
Laparoscopy stands for an excellent approach to the treatment of a hydatid cyst of the liver in children by respecting appropriate indications.
Low rectal resection with transanal total mesorectal excision (TaTME) performed with standard laparoscopic instrumentation
This is the case of a 62-year-old woman with rectal bleeding. She underwent a colonoscopy which showed a low rectal adenocarcinoma, 6cm from the anal margin. A CT-scan revealed the absence of metastasis and pelvic MRI showed a cT3N1 tumor.
The patient was treated with neoadjuvant radiochemotherapy. She received 50 Gray and capecitabine after which a new MRI showed a partial tumor response. The patient underwent surgery 10 weeks after finishing neoadjuvant therapy.
We started the operation with a laparoscopic abdominal approach. Four ports were placed. Two 10mm ports were introduced in the umbilicus and the right iliac fossa. Two 5mm ports were inserted in the left and right lower quadrant. Transanal total mesorectal excision (TaTME) was performed with a 5mm, 30-degree scope, monopolar hook, and bipolar forceps. The rectum was dissected 1cm distally from the neoplasia. The specimen was extracted transanally. Anastomosis was carried out transanally using a 33mm EEA™ circular stapler, after examination of the frozen section margin. A protective ileostomy was performed through the 10mm port site in the right iliac fossa and a drainage was put in place in the pelvis through the 5mm port entry site into the left flank.
The patient resumed food intake on postoperative day 2 and she was discharged on postoperative day 7. A complete mesorectal excision was confirmed on pathological examination. Fifteen negative nodes were removed. Distal and circumferential margins were negative.
The coloanal anastomosis was controlled with colonoscopy one month later. No sign of leakage was detected, and the ileostomy was subsequently closed.
The patient reports an adequate continence to gas and feces with one or two bowel movements per day. After 15 months of follow-up, the patient is still disease-free.
Our video shows that TaTME is a technique which can be performed by surgeons who have experience in laparoscopic and colorectal surgery.
In our operation, we did not use any energy devices, 3D or 4K technology. This procedure can be performed without expensive equipment.
L Taglietti, G Baronio, L Lussardi, R Cazzaniga, S Dester, A Zanoletti
Surgical intervention
6 months ago
2282 views
6 likes
1 comment
09:56
Low rectal resection with transanal total mesorectal excision (TaTME) performed with standard laparoscopic instrumentation
This is the case of a 62-year-old woman with rectal bleeding. She underwent a colonoscopy which showed a low rectal adenocarcinoma, 6cm from the anal margin. A CT-scan revealed the absence of metastasis and pelvic MRI showed a cT3N1 tumor.
The patient was treated with neoadjuvant radiochemotherapy. She received 50 Gray and capecitabine after which a new MRI showed a partial tumor response. The patient underwent surgery 10 weeks after finishing neoadjuvant therapy.
We started the operation with a laparoscopic abdominal approach. Four ports were placed. Two 10mm ports were introduced in the umbilicus and the right iliac fossa. Two 5mm ports were inserted in the left and right lower quadrant. Transanal total mesorectal excision (TaTME) was performed with a 5mm, 30-degree scope, monopolar hook, and bipolar forceps. The rectum was dissected 1cm distally from the neoplasia. The specimen was extracted transanally. Anastomosis was carried out transanally using a 33mm EEA™ circular stapler, after examination of the frozen section margin. A protective ileostomy was performed through the 10mm port site in the right iliac fossa and a drainage was put in place in the pelvis through the 5mm port entry site into the left flank.
The patient resumed food intake on postoperative day 2 and she was discharged on postoperative day 7. A complete mesorectal excision was confirmed on pathological examination. Fifteen negative nodes were removed. Distal and circumferential margins were negative.
The coloanal anastomosis was controlled with colonoscopy one month later. No sign of leakage was detected, and the ileostomy was subsequently closed.
The patient reports an adequate continence to gas and feces with one or two bowel movements per day. After 15 months of follow-up, the patient is still disease-free.
Our video shows that TaTME is a technique which can be performed by surgeons who have experience in laparoscopic and colorectal surgery.
In our operation, we did not use any energy devices, 3D or 4K technology. This procedure can be performed without expensive equipment.