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CASE REPORT

Early Postoperative Small Bowel Obstruction associated with the use of V-loc™ Sutures during Surgery for Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Deborah Nagle, Thomas Cataldo, John Tillou, Roger Eduardo, Janet Li, Roger Lefevre, Vitaliy Poylin

Citation Information : Nagle D, Cataldo T, Tillou J, Eduardo R, Li J, Lefevre R, Poylin V. Early Postoperative Small Bowel Obstruction associated with the use of V-loc™ Sutures during Surgery for Pelvic Organ Prolapse. World J Lap Surg 2016; 9 (2):94-97.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10033-1281

Published Online: 01-08-2016

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2016; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

Aims

To describe three cases of early postoperative bowel obstruction after use of barbed suture material during surgery for pelvic organ prolapse (POP).

Introduction

The utilization of minimally invasive surgical techniques for the treatment of POP is increasing, with a subsequent increase in the use of barbed, self-anchoring suture material, such as the V-loc™ suture, which facilitates intracorporeal suturing.

Case report

We present three cases of early postoperative small bowel obstruction related to the use of barbed sutures during minimally invasive surgery for POP, as well as a review of the relevant literature.

Conclusion

Surgeons should use barbed suture material judiciously and should have a high index of suspicion for barbedsuture related mechanical obstructions. These obstructions are not likely to resolve with conservative management.

Clinical significance

Barbed suture materials allow for ease of laparoscopic suturing but carry a risk of contributing to early bowel obstruction. Laparoscopic surgeons should be aware of this relatively unknown potential complication.

How to cite this article

Tillou J, Eduardo R, Nagle D, Cataldo T, Li J, Lefevre R, Poylin V. Early Postoperative Small Bowel Obstruction associated with the use of V-loc™ Sutures during Surgery for Pelvic Organ Prolapse. World J Lap Surg 2016;9(2):94-97.


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