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What is step 3 in a laparoscopic total abdominal colectomy?

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Your surgeon will join your rectum and ileum using a circular stapler with an anvil-shaped head and center post and rod. First, the surgeon will pass the anvil-shaped end of the stapler (the end with the post) into the ileum and stitch it into place. The post will extend beyond the cut end of the ileum. To complete the procedure, the surgeon will then pass the rod of the circular stapler into the rectum, connect it with the center post, then close and "fire" it to join the ileum with the rectum. The surgeon will then rinse the abdominal cavity and check the connection for leaks. Finally, your surgeon will stitch or tape all the surgical cuts in the abdomen.

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Fichera, A. J Gastrointest Surg, July 2011. Epub, Feb. 19, 2011.

Laparoscopic Surgical Center of New York. 

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on October 19, 2020

SOURCES:

Fichera, A. J Gastrointest Surg, July 2011. Epub, Feb. 19, 2011.

Laparoscopic Surgical Center of New York. 

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on October 19, 2020

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