Neonatal Intestinal Anastomosis Using a 5 MM Laparoscopic Stapler

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Recently, a 5 mm laparoscopic stapler entered the market and is currently used for a wide variety of pediatric applications. The aim of this article is to be the first report of the use of this 5 mm laparoscopic stapler for open neonatal intestinal anastomosis in humans. We used JustRight (Justright Surgical) 5 mm laparoscopic stapler® in 5 patients, with a total of six anastomoses being constructed. Enteroenterostomies after bowel resection were performed in these neonates with diagnoses of closed gastroschisis with ileal atresia, multiple intestinal atresia, ileal atresia, and jejunal atresia. Side-to-side, functional end-to-end, stapled anastomoses were performed in the standard antimesenteric manner. Using 2.5 cm long staple loads, the anastomoses approximated 1.5 cm. Minimal staple line overlap was incurred. Enteral feedings were initiated, and nutritional goals met, on postoperative days 8 and 15.2, respectively (means). Postoperative recovery was uneventful, notably without anastomotic complications of leak or stenosis. No long-term follow-up was done. The 5 mm laparoscopic stapler offers an attractive alternative in open neonatal intestinal anastomosis, particularly in both ease and time of anastomosis. Its more generalized use in neonatal intestinal reconstruction awaits further scientific investigation.



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