Anastomoses involving the colon and rectum: an 8-year experience

J R Coll Surg Edinb. 1996 Apr;41(2):95-6.


From January 1987 to May 1995, 214 anastomoses involving the rectum or colon were fashioned using single-layer, interrupted serosubmucosal 3/0 braided polyamide. There were six deaths, one clinically evident anastomotic leak, and one wound infection. These results lend further support to the use of a single layer of serosubmucosal sutures for anastomoses involving the colon and rectum.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anastomosis, Surgical / adverse effects
  • Anastomosis, Surgical / methods
  • Colectomy / methods*
  • Colon / surgery*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Rectum / surgery*
  • Suture Techniques
  • Treatment Outcome