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Purpose: The present study was performed to get a better insight in the incidence of anastomotic leakage leading to reintervention when using the C-seal: a biodegradable sheath that protects the stapled colorectal anastomosis from leakage. Methods: The C-seal is a thin walled tube-like sheath that forms a protective sheath within the bowel lumen. Thirty-seven patients undergoing surgery with creation of a stapled colorectal anastomosis with C-seal were analyzed. Follow-up was completed until 3 months after surgery. Results: One patient (3 %) developed anastomotic leakage leading to reintervention. None of the 37 anastomoses was dismantled. One patient was diagnosed with a rectovaginal fistula. In three patients (8 %), a perianastomotic abscess spontaneously drained. Conclusion: The incidence of anastomotic leakage leading to reintervention when using the C-seal (3 %) is lower than expected based on the literature (11 %). We have currently set-up a multicenter randomized trial to confirm the efficiency of the C-seal ( © 2013 The Author(s).

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Journal article


International Journal of Colorectal Disease

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1433 - 1438