[Mechanical staplers in colorectal surgery: cost-benefit ratio].


The cost/benefit ratio of stapled anastomoses in colorectal surgery has been retrospectively evaluated on the basis of a 8 year experience taking into account the overall costs in surgery as well as short term and long term benefits. With this aim, our experience was divided in two periods: 1st period: November 1970-January 1981: 598 hand sutures; 2nd period: February 1981-December 1988: 787 stapled sutures. Mechanical suturing was found to be superior based on the following: a) the average postoperative hospital stay decreased from 20.2 days to 14.7 days; b) temporary stomas decreased from 62.2 to 25.1%; c) abdominoperineal resection for rectal cancer decreased from 60.7 to 41.6%.

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@article{Donini1990MechanicalSI, title={[Mechanical staplers in colorectal surgery: cost-benefit ratio].}, author={Ippolito Donini and Carina Mar{\'i} and Farncesco Buccoliero and Michele Rubbini and T Virgili and Annibale Donini and Gianmaria Fiorentini and Giuseppe Giovanni Navarra and Vittorio Bresadola}, journal={Il Giornale di chirurgia}, year={1990}, volume={11 9}, pages={463-5} }