Ileostomy rod--is it a bridge too far?

  title={Ileostomy rod--is it a bridge too far?},
  author={M S Speirs and Elizabeth Leung and Deborah S. Hughes and Iain Robertson and Laura Donnelly and Ian R Mackenzie and A. E. MacDonald},
  journal={Colorectal disease : the official journal of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland},
  volume={8 6},
OBJECTIVE Defunctioning loop ileostomies are used commonly to protect low colorectal anastomoses and thereby reducing the serious complications of leakage. However, they are associated with specific complications such as retraction. Traditionally, a supporting rod is placed as a bridge to support both limbs of the stoma in the hope of reducing the incidence of stomal retraction. There is little evidence in the published literature to support this practice. The aim of this study was to determine… CONTINUE READING


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