bridge to surgery

bridge to surgery

The use of a colonic stent to ensure faecal flow in a patient who is currently regarded as too unstable or weak for surgery, but for whom definitive surgery—e.g., resection of an obstructing cancer—is planned.
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He had a heart pump fitted as a bridge to surgery but it failed in October and he is now temporarily off the waiting list while he recovers.
1,5) Others have advocated elective removal of the gallbladder with percutaneous decompression via a cholecystostomy tube used as a bridge to surgery.
More experience is needed to assess its value as a primary closure technique or bridge to surgery in acute ventricular septal rupture.
Colonic stenting as bridge to surgery versus emergency surgery for management of acute left-sided malignant colonic obstruction: A multicenter randomized trial (stent in 2 study).
The indication for stenting was palliation of colorectal cancer in the majority of patients in the multicenter series; in 29 others, stenting was intended as a bridge to surgery.
In the US, TheraSphere([R]) is used to treat patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) who can have appropriately positioned hepatic arterial catheters, and can be used as a bridge to surgery or transplantation in these patients.
Endoscopically placed self-expanding metal stents are now used in the management of patients with malignant obstruction of the left colon, both as a bridge to surgery in patients with curable lesions and in the palliative setting in patients with incurable metastatic disease.