STARR with Contour((R)) Transtar((TM)): prospective multicentre European study

Department of Surgery, Casa di Cura San Pio X, Milan, Italy.
Colorectal Disease (Impact Factor: 2.35). 11/2008; 11(8):821-7. DOI: 10.1111/j.1463-1318.2008.01714.x
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The stapled transanal rectal resection (STARR) in patients with defecation disorders is limited by the shape and capacity of the circular stapler. A new device has been recently developed, the Contour Transtar stapler, in order to improve the safety and effectiveness of the STARR technique. The study has been designed to confirm this declaration.
From January to June 2007 a prospective European multicentre study of consecutive patients with defecation disorder caused by internal rectal prolapse underwent the new STARR technique. The assessment of perioperative morbidity and functional outcome after 6 weeks, 3 and 12 months was documented by different scores.
In all 75 patients, median age 64, the Transtar procedure was performed with 9% intraoperative difficulties, 7% postoperative complications and no mortality. The mean reduction of the ODS score was -15.6 (95%-CI: -17.3 to -13.8, P < 0.0001), mean reduction of SSS was -12.6 (95%-CI: -14.2 to -11.2; P < 0.0001). 41% stated improvement of their continence status by CCF score, only 4 patients (5%) had deterioration.
The Transtar procedure is technically demanding, with good functional results similar to the conventional STARR.

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    • "STARR is advocated as a new technology for the treatment of obstructive defecation syndrome by excision of parts of intussusceptum. Delorme operation is a known method for the treatment of rectal prolapsed in which mucosa of prolapsing segment is removed and rectal muscle wall plicated.3,8,11,12 This results the elimination of blockage. "
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    • "In 2009, we introduced a new technique of combined laparoscopic and transanal full thickness disc excision of endometriotic nodules infiltrating the low and mid rectum, using the Contour w Transtar TM stapler (Ethicon Endo-Surgery; Cincinnati) (Fig. 1). This device has been recently developed to perform stapled transanal rectal resection (STARR) (Lenisa et al., 2009), which is a surgical procedure used since 2004 in the treatment of obstructed defecation syndrome secondary to internal rectal prolapse or rectocele (Boccasanta et al., 2004). The STARR procedure involves circumferential resection of the full thickness of redundant rectal wall followed by restoring continuity, with the aim of improving rectal function. "
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