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Double decompression of presacral collection by heald anal stent and foley catheter combination

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Author(s): Dean A. Godfrey | Guy F. Nash

Journal: Surgical Techniques Development
ISSN 2038-9574

Volume: 1;
Issue: 2;
Start page: e28;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: rectal cancer | surgery | sepsis | stent.

ABSTRACT
The authors demonstrate the effective drainage of presacral sepsis following low anterior resection surgery using the novel approach of both the Heald anal stent and a Foley catheter combined. The Heald stent was placed trans-anally without the need for anaesthetic and an 18Fr Foley was placed through this. A presacral collection was drained through the stent, allowing the patient to be discharged after a week without the need to return to the operating theatre. The Heald stent may be used to successfully drain a presacral collection by double decompression of the rectum and the presacral space.

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