Reversal of left-sided colostomy utilizing single-port laparoscopy a multicenter European audit and overview of the literature

Y.T. van Loon*, S.H.E.M. Clermonts, E.H.J. Belgers, H. Kurihara, A. Spinelli, H.M. Joshi, K.J. Gorissen, D.D.E. Zimmerman

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Background Stoma reversal surgery can result in considerable morbidity and even mortality. Feasibility of utilizing single-port laparoscopy through the stoma fenestration have been shown before. Aim of the present observational study is to evaluate multicenter experiences of single-port reversal of left-sided colostomy (SPRLC) throughout Europe and to provide an overview of available literature on this topic. Methods All patients undergoing SPRLC in four different teaching hospitals throughout Europe are included. Primary outcome was 30-day postoperative complication rate. Secondary outcomes were postoperative length of stay (LOS), single-port success rate and conversion rates. Appraisal of the available literature in PubMed was performed. Results Of 156 SPRLC procedures, 98.7% of them were technically successful and 71.8% were without postoperative complications. No postoperative mortality was encountered. Superficial site infection occurred in 14.7%, anastomotic leakage in 3.9% and major complications in 8.3%. Median LOS was 4.0 days (1-69), single-port success rate was 64.7%, 12.8% and 21.2% (33/154) were converted to an open and multiport laparoscopic procedure, respectively. Literature shows equally favorable results in 131 patients divided over 5 cohorts with morbidity ranging from 0 to 30.4% and mortality from 0 to 2.2% and median LOS of 4-8 days. Conclusion This study confirms the safety, feasibility and favorable results of the use of single-port approach in the reversal of left-sided colostomy in different centers in Europe with laparoscopic experienced colorectal surgeons. The available literature on this topic support and show equally favorable results using single-port laparoscopy for left-sided colostomy reversal surgery.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3389-3397
Number of pages9
JournalSurgical endoscopy and other interventional techniques
Issue number5
Early online date26 Jul 2021
Publication statusPublished - May 2022


  • Hartmann reversal
  • Hartmann's procedure
  • SITE
  • Single-incision
  • Single-port laparoscopy
  • Stoma reversal


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