Stepwise approach for laparoscopic reversal of Hartmann's procedure
Epublication WebSurg.com, Apr 2009;09(04). URL: http://websurg.com/doi/vd01en2579
Restoration of intestinal continuity following reversal of Hartmann's procedure is an operation associated with a lengthy hospital stay, protracted convalescence, and a high morbidity rate. The advantages of minimally invasive surgery such as rapid mobilization, less postoperative pain, early restoration of bowel function, and a rapid return to a normal diet, and reduced morbidity are very useful in this procedure. Furthermore, laparoscopic reversal of Hartmann's has a comparable operative time with the open technique when performed by experienced surgeons like in this case. This interesting video shows each step of the procedure clearly. Three ports are used and the colon is divided intra-abdominally.