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The C-seal is a new product for prevention of anastomotic leakage following colorectal anastomosis. Anastomotic leakage is a much-feared complication of colorectal surgery, with an incidence of around 11%. The C-seal is a biodegradable sheath that is attached to the inner surface of the bowel, just above the colorectal anastomosis, with a circular stapler. Intestinal contents drain from the body via the C-seal. The C-seal can be used in stapled anastomoses at up to 15 cm from the anus and is compatible with all circular staplers. To date, 50 patients have been treated with a C-seal. Results are encouraging and therefore the C-seal is soon to be investigated under randomized study conditions.

Type

Journal article

Journal

Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd

Publication Date

2011

Volume

155

Keywords

Anastomosis, Surgical, Anastomotic Leak, Colon, Digestive System Surgical Procedures, Drainage, Humans, Rectum, Surgical Stapling