[The use of the BAR-Valtrac-type pressure stapler in surgery of the large intestine].
ABSTRACT A total of 148 patients underwent colon resection between June 1993 and November 1994 at the General Surgery Division of Busto Arsizio Hospital; anastomosis was performed using BAR Valtrac in 58 patients (39%), namely 28 males and 30 women with a mean age of 66.3 years. Surgery was elective in 90% of cases and in 84% of patients was secondary to neoplastic pathologies. Recanalisation occurred within a mean of 5.5 days after surgery, whereas the average hospital stay was 14.4 days. The authors report the absence of mortality and the low morbidity levels connected to the use of this anastomotic technique. Emphasis is also laid on the absence of anastomotic stenosis in all endoscopic controls performed to date.