Techniques for Colorectal Anastomotic Construction Following Proctectomy and Variables Influencing Anastomotic Leak

  • Seth FelderEmail author
  • Janet T. Lee
Surgery and Surgical Innovations in Colorectal Cancer (S Huerta, Section Editor)
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  1. Topical Collection on Surgery and Surgical Innovations in Colorectal Cancer


Purpose of Review

Examine the various technical considerations for pelvic colorectal reconstruction with respective functional and anastomotic healing outcomes. Additionally, several adjuncts to reduce anastomotic complications are individually explored to understand their relative impact on anastomotic healing.

Recent Findings

The benefit of a colorectal reservoir reconstruction instead of a straight anastomosis, in respect to leak and functional outcomes, is marginal, if any. Recent randomized evidence has shown no difference in morbidity, mortality, survival, leakage, or functional outcomes. Unfortunately, anastomotic leakage still occurs in the ideally constructed and managed pelvic anastomosis; however, modifiable variables appear to reduce the risk.


Pelvic colorectal anastomosis should be based on the surgeon’s technical ability and comfort level, since the evidence suggests that all techniques are comparable. There may be a slight advantage to colonic J-pouch anastomosis, although this has not been consistently shown. Future studies on the etiology of low anterior resection syndrome may provide insight on optimal reconstruction techniques.


Low anterior resection Proctectomy Colorectal anastomosis Anastomotic leak Colonic pouch anastomosis Coloplasty 


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Conflict of Interest

The authors declare they have no conflict of interest.

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This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Gastrointestinal Oncology, Colorectal Surgical OncologyMoffitt Cancer CenterTampaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Oncologic Sciences, MDC 44, College of MedicineUniversity of South FloridaTampaUSA
  3. 3.Division of Colon & Rectal SurgeryUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

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