What are the surgical options for sigmoid volvulus?

Updated: Jul 24, 2020
  • Author: Scott C Thornton, MD; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, MSc, DSc, AGAF  more...
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For sigmoid volvulus, the currently accepted surgical procedures include sigmoid resection with primary anastomosis and resection and the Hartmann procedure. Primary anastomosis is performed if the divided bowel ends are viable, peritoneal contamination is not evident, and the patient is hemodynamically stable. If evidence of ischemic bowel or gross peritoneal contamination is observed or if the patient is hemodynamically unstable, a Hartmann procedure is safer.

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