Facilitating low colorectal anastomosis. Preliminary results

Am J Surg. 1986 Feb;151(2):286-8. doi: 10.1016/0002-9610(86)90088-7.


Low anterior resection with a stapled anastomosis is the operation of choice for almost all rectal lesions in which the sphincter can be safely preserved. We have reported the results of a new technique using the EEA stapler. This method is easy and safe, it eliminates the use of a low pursestring suture, avoids spillage, and keeps contamination to a minimum. It also allows the joining of bowel segments of disparate sizes. The results of this technique used in 16 patients with colorectal anastomoses are encouraging.

MeSH terms

  • Adenocarcinoma / surgery*
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Colon / surgery*
  • Colon, Sigmoid / surgery
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Rectal Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Rectum / surgery*
  • Surgical Staplers