American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

V37N7: Colon, Rectum, and Anus, Part III

Boller AM, Larson DW. Laparoscopic restorative proctocolectomy for ulcerative colitis. J Gastrointest Surg. 2007;11:3-7.
This article presents clear illustrations of the technical features of restorative proctocolectomy for ulcerative colitis.

De La Torre L, Langer JC. Transanal endorectal pull-through for Hirschsprung disease: technique, controversies, pearls, pitfalls, and an organized approach to the management of postoperative obstructive symptoms. Semin Pediatr Surg. 2010;19:96-106.
This is a useful review of the surgical techniques that are useful in the management of Hirschsprung’s disease.

Fleming FJ, Francone TD, Kim MJ, et al. A laparoscopic approach does reduce short-term complications in patients undergoing ileal pouch-anal anastomosis. Dis Colon Rectum. 2011;54:176-182.
This article describes data from the NSQIP database relative to ileal pouch-anal anastomosis. The article asserts that short-term complications are reduced in patients having laparoscopic procedures. In the accompanying editorial by Mutch (see reference below) potential limitations of the analysis are described.

Holubar SD, Cima RR, Sandborn WJ, et al. Treatment and prevention of pouchitis after ileal pouch-anal anastomosis for chronic ulcerative colitis. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2010:CD001176.
This is a detailed review of evidence relating to the treatment and prevention of pouchitis following ileal pouch-anal anastomosis or formation of a continent (Kock pouch) ileostomy. The various treatment alternatives are carefully evaluated and explained.

Kenny SE, Tam PK, Garcia-Barcelo M. Hirschsprung's disease. Semin Pediatr Surg. 2010;19:194-200.
This article provides a clear overview of Hirschsprung’s disease.

Kiran RP, Khoury W, Church JM, et al. Colorectal cancer complicating inflammatory bowel disease: similarities and differences between Crohn's and ulcerative colitis based on three decades of experience. Ann Surg. 2010;252:330-335.
This article presents a retrospective, single-center case series describing experience with the management of colorectal cancer complicating inflammatory bowel disease.

Larson DW, Davies MM, Dozois EJ, et al. Sexual function, body image, and quality of life after laparoscopic and open ileal pouch-anal anastomosis. Dis Colon Rectum. 2008;51:392-396.
This article provides relatively strong data that support the interpretation that improved cosmesis realized with the use of laparoscopic approaches is appreciated by women patients.

Melton GB, Stocchi L, Wick EC, et al. Contemporary surgical management for ileosigmoid fistulas in Crohn's disease. J Gastrointest Surg. 2009;13:839-845.
Stenosing and/or fistulizing disease complicating Crohn’s disease presents a distinct set of clinical challenges. These are clearly described in this article.

Mutch MG. Laparoscopic restorative proctocolectomy: does the national surgical quality improvement program tell the whole story? Dis Colon Rectum. 2011;54:142-143.
See Fleming reference above.

Neal MD, Alverdy JC, Hall DE, et al. Diverting loop ileostomy and colonic lavage: an alternative to total abdominal colectomy for the treatment of severe, complicated clostridium difficile associated disease. Ann Surg. 2011;254:423-429.
This article describes a new modification of an older technique for managing severe C. difficile colitis. If confirmed, this method might permit avoidance of total colectomy in this high-risk group of patients.

Paterno F, McGillicuddy EA, Schuster KM, et al. Ischemic colitis: risk factors for eventual surgery. Am J Surg. 2010;200:646-650.
This article presents a retrospective case series evaluating risk factors for eventual surgical management of patients with ischemic colitis.

Steele SR. Ischemic colitis complicating major vascular surgery. Surg Clin North Am. 2007;87:1099-1114, ix.
This is a useful review article dealing with the challenges presented by patients with ischemic colitis.