Self-expanding metallic stents for palliation and as a bridge to minimally invasive surgery in colorectal obstruction

Henry J. Lujan, Guilherme Barbosa, Marianna S. Zeichen, Wilmer N. Mata, Victor Maciel, Gustavo Plasencia, Rene F. Hartmann, Viamonte Manuel, Roberto Fogel

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Background and Objectives: Acute colorectal obstruction is a potentially life-threatening emergency that requires immediate surgical treatment. Emergency procedures had an associated mortality rate of 10% to 30%. This encouraged development of other options, most notably self-expanding metallic stents. The primary endpoint of this study to is to report our group's experience. Methods: We performed a retrospective review of 37 patients who underwent self-expanding metallic stent placement for colorectal obstruction between July 2000 and May 2012. Data collected were age, comorbidities, diagnosis, intent of intervention (palliative vs bridge to surgery), complications, and follow-up. Results: The study comprised 21 men (56.76%) and 16 women (43.24%), with a mean age of 67 years. The intent of the procedure was definitive treatment in 22 patients (59.46%) and bridge to surgery in 15 (40.54%). The highest technical success rate was at the rectosigmoid junction (100%). The causes of technical failure were inability of the guidewire to traverse the stricture and bowel perforation related to stenting. The mean follow-up period was 9.67 months. Pain and constipation were the most common postprocedure complications. Discussion: The use of a self-expanding metallic stent has been shown to be effective for palliation of malignant obstruction. It is associated with a lower incidence of intensive care unit admission, shorter hospital stay, lower stoma rate, and earlier chemotherapy administration. Laparoscopic or robotic surgery can then be performed in an elective setting on a prepared bowel. Therefore the patient benefits from advantages of the combination of 2 minimally invasive procedures in a nonemergent situation. Further large-scale prospective studies are necessary.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)204-211
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Colon obstruction
  • Intraluminal stents
  • SEMS
  • Self-expandable metallic stents

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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