Preoperative Colonic Stenting: How, When and Why?

James J. Farrell


Curr Opin Gastroenterol. 2007;23(05):544-549. 

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For preoperative colon stenting, advances in technique and stent technology have resulted in a good technical and clinical success rate, with modest but significant complications. Several retrospective case series and systematic reviews have confirmed a positive experience with preoperative colonic stenting. In the absence of randomized clinical-trial information, data from case cohort studies and cost-effectiveness studies suggest that colonic stent insertion should be offered, whenever feasible, as a bridge to elective surgery in patients presenting with malignant colonic obstruction.


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