Hartman’s Procedure

rectosigmoidectomyHartmann’s operation or Hartmann’s procedure is the surgical removal of part of the rectum and the sigmoid colon with closure of the anorectal stump and formation of an end colostomy. It is used to treat bowel cancer or other complicated inflammatory conditions in the rectosigmoid region, most commonly in the urgent situation, when it is not deemed safe to perform an anastomosis (make a join in the bowel).  More rarely it is used palliatively patients with advanced colorectal tumours.

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