An anastomosis is a surgical procedure that consists of the connection of two parts of an organ and is commonly required in cases of colorectal cancer. About 80% of the patients diagnosed with this problem require surgery. The malignant tissue located on the gastrointestinal track must be resected and the most common procedure adopted is the anastomosis. Therefore, an anastomotic leak represents a significant problem and increases the duration of hospital stay, which is associated with remedial treatment and recovery, causing, as a result, a negative financial impact. A number of techniques to treat, prevent and even detect an anastomotic leakage are under investigation. However, studies show that these techniques are not always able to prevent an anastomotic leak from occurring. This paper discusses the monitoring of leakage through differently sized and differently positioned leak holes in phantom colons, using physical experiments and a Computational Fluid Dynamics package called FloWorks.
|Title of host publication||Technology and Medical Sciences, TMSi 2010|
|Subtitle of host publication||Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Technology and Medical Sciences|
|Editors||Renato Natal Jorge, João Manuel R. S. Tavares, Marcos Pinotti, Alan Peter Slade|
|Place of Publication||Netherlands|
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - 11 Jan 2011|