Laparoscopic-Assisted Anorectal Pull-Through for High Imperforate Anus: 14 Years Experience in a Single Center.


PURPOSE To report our 14 years experience with the laparoscopic-assisted anorectal pull-through (LAARP) for the treatment of male neonates with high imperforate anus. MATERIALS AND METHODS We reviewed all medical charts of patients who underwent LAARP from January 2001 to January 2015 collecting information regarding demographic data, associated anomalies, type of fistula, pelvic floor muscles tropism, surgery (operative time, conversion to open technique, and complications), and follow-up. Follow-up data were obtained through the use of validated questionnaires that aim to assess the intestinal function in terms of constipation and continence. RESULTS At the Department of Pediatric Surgery of the University of Bologna, 13 male patients were operated in the study period (our protocol consisted of colostomy at birth followed by delayed LAARP). Mean age at operation was 4.75 months (range 1-14). There was one conversion to open technique due to a strong tension from the colostomy (this patient was excluded). Functional results were acceptable at a minimum 2-year-long follow-up. CONCLUSIONS LAARP is a good choice for the correction of the high imperforate anus. Short-term outcomes are similar to those after posterior sagittal anorectoplasty (PSARP). Long-term outcomes should be better assessed.

DOI: 10.1089/lap.2015.0408

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@article{Ruggeri2016LaparoscopicAssistedAP, title={Laparoscopic-Assisted Anorectal Pull-Through for High Imperforate Anus: 14 Years Experience in a Single Center.}, author={Giovanni Ruggeri and Francesca Destro and Beatrice Randi and Mario Lima}, journal={Journal of laparoendoscopic & advanced surgical techniques. Part A}, year={2016}, volume={26 5}, pages={404-8} }