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PURPOSE Anastomotic leak is a devastating complication of an intestinal anastomosis. Optimal management and outcome is not routinely described, and much of our knowledge relies upon historical data. We wished to examine the management and outcome of anastomotic leaks on a colorectal surgery unit in the twenty-first century. METHOD A retrospective audit of(More)
AIM Recto-urethral fistulas are an uncommon, but devastating complication following rectal or urinary tract surgery. Repair is often difficult, and the optimal approach is unclear. We report our recent experience using an endorectal advancement flap. METHOD A case note review of all patients undergoing repair of recto-urethral fistula in our institution(More)
AIM An external rectal prolapse (ERP) is often associated with faecal incontinence, and surgery is the recommended therapy. It has been suggested that correction of a high grade internal rectal prolapse (HIRP) is also worthwhile for patients with faecal incontinence. The aim of the present study is to compare the results of laparoscopic ventral rectopexy(More)
INTRODUCTION The effect of parathyroidectomy on the incidence of recurrent stone formation is uncertain. We aimed to compare the biochemistry and recurrence rate of urolithiasis in patients with primary hyperparathyroidism (pHPT) and stone formation (SF) and non-stone formation (NSF) with idiopathic stone formers (ISF). METHODS Patients with pHPT and SF(More)
INTRODUCTION It is still an enigma that some patients develop rectal prolapse whilst others with similar risk factors do not. Biomechanical assessment of the skin may provide further insight into the aetiology of this complex condition. Elastin fibres are an abundant and integral part of many extracellular matrices and are especially critical for providing(More)
INTRODUCTION The advantages of single port surgery remain controversial. This study was designed to evaluate the safety and feasibility of single incision glove port colon resections using a diathermy hook, reusable ports and standard laparoscopic straight instrumentation. METHODS Between June 2012 and February 2014, 70 consecutive patients (30 women)(More)
AIM Components of connective tissue other than collagen have been found to be involved in patients with rectal prolapse. The organization of elastic fibres differs between controls and subsets of patients with rectal prolapse, and their importance for maintaining the structural and functional integrity of the pelvic floor has been demonstrated in transgenic(More)
After taking down the colostomy in a patient who has previously undergone a Hartmann's operation, it is possible to restore bowel continuity using the single-port technique via the colostomy site itself. This study presents our experience of this approach using the glove port and standard laparoscopic instrumentation. Between October 2010 and October 2013,(More)
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