Colonoscopy-assisted colostomy—an alternative to laparotomy: Report of two cases

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Abstract

PURPOSE:

The objective of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of performing fecal diversion with the help of a colonoscope without a concomitant laparotomy.

METHODS:

Colostomies were performed on two patients who needed fecal diversion and who would benefit from avoiding the morbidity of laparotomy. A colonoscope was used in each case to guide the surgeon in selecting the appropriate bowel segment.

RESULTS:

No complications related to the colostomy were noted in either patient.

CONCLUSIONS:

The technique of colonoscopy-assisted colostomy that we have described offers an acceptable method of creating a stoma without the need for laparotomy.

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