Single incision laparoscopic total proctocolectomy with ileopouch anal anastomosis


Feza H. Remzi, MD, FASCRS, Department of Colorectal Surgery, The Digestive Diseases Institute, Cleveland Clinic, 9500 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.


Aim  We present our initial experience of a single port laparoscopic total proctocolectomy with ileoanal J pouch anastomosis. The single incision laparoscopic surgery (SIL), (Covidien, Norwalk, Connecticut, USA) device with a multichannel cannula and specially designed curved laparoscopic instrumentation were used.

Method  A patient with familial adenomatous polyposis underwent restorative proctocoectomy. A colonoscopy had demonstrated nearly 1000 polyps in the colon with several 1-cm polyps in the rectum. The abdomen was entered through a 2.5 cm incision sited preoperatively for the temporary ileostomy. The single port device was inserted and a total proctocolectomy was performed. Ligation of the vessels was performed with the Ligasure (Covidien). The colon and rectum were extracted through the SIL site. An 18-cm ileoanal J pouch was created extracorporeally. The pouch anal anastomosis was performed intracorporeally and a diverting loop ileostomy created through the SIL port site.

Results  The operating time was 172 min. Blood loss was 100 ml and the hospital stay was 4 days without any complication. The patient had a virtually scar-less abdomen other than the site of the loop ileostomy.

Conclusion  Single port laparoscopic surgery may allow complex colorectal surgery to be performed resulting in a virtually scar-less procedure.