Endoscopy 2021; 53(12): E470-E471
DOI: 10.1055/a-1346-8156

Percutaneous endoscopic sigmoidopexy: a simple procedure within every endoscopistʼs reach

Marco Alburquerque Miranda
1  Department of Gastroenterology, Hospital de Palamós, Girona, Spain
2  Department of Gastroenterology, Clínica Girona, Girona, Spain
Miquel Gomez Artacho
3  Department of Surgery, Hospital de Palamós, Girona, Spain
Alba Vargas García
1  Department of Gastroenterology, Hospital de Palamós, Girona, Spain
2  Department of Gastroenterology, Clínica Girona, Girona, Spain
Gemma García Continente
4  Department of Radiology, Hospital de Palamós, Girona, Spain
Cesar Ledezma Frontado
1  Department of Gastroenterology, Hospital de Palamós, Girona, Spain
Montserrat Figa Francesch
2  Department of Gastroenterology, Clínica Girona, Girona, Spain
Ferrán González-Huix Lladó
5  Department of Gastroenterology, Arnau de Vilanova University Hospital, Lleida, Spain
2  Department of Gastroenterology, Clínica Girona, Girona, Spain
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An 87-year-old man with severe co-morbidities (obstructive pulmonary disease and chronic heart failure, among others) and chronic constipation had previous admissions to the hospital six episodes of large-bowel obstruction, including four documented sigmoid volvuli, and two others that were directly treated with placement of a decompression tube. In the year after the emergency endoscopic detorsion, there were ten more episodes. Surgery was ruled out because of his high risk, and the patient underwent percutaneous endoscopic sigmoidopexy ([Video 1]).

Video 1 Percutaneous endoscopic sigmoidopexy.


After a complete colonoscopy and with the patient supine, the first transillumination through the abdominal wall was identified. This coincided with a point located 15 cm proximal to the torsion of the sigma. Following a 2 % Lidocaine injection and incision, the surgeon punctured the colon wall with a paracentesis catheter ([Fig. 1]) through the subcutaneous tissue under endoscopic guidance. Next, the inner needle was removed and the blunt-tipped fenestrated catheter left inside for insertion of a suture. When the thread loop was inserted into the colonic lumen, it was caught in a clip by the endoscopist. To confirm that the loop had been securely caught by the clip, the surgeon pulled the suture toward the base of the open clip. Thus, when the clip was closed the thread was firmly caught, as checked in a test before the procedure ([Fig. 2]). Finally, a subcutaneous suture was made and the incision closed with a short-term absorbable suture (Safil-Quick; B. Braun, Melsungen, Germany). Six further distal fixations were made at 5-cm intervals.

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Fig. 1 a Paracentesis catheter. b Inner needle and blunt-tipped fenestrated catheter.
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Fig. 2 Resolution 360 clip (Boston Scientific) and 2/0 polypropylene-polyethylene monofilament (Optilene, Braun). a The suture thread loop has been pulled back to the base of the open clip. b The thread loop is firmly caught when the clip is closed.

The patient was discharged 10 days after the procedure owing to cardiac and pulmonary decompensation. He began oral intake and bowel movements 24 h and 72 h after the procedure, respectively. Except for mild abdominal pain, there were no complications. At a 2-month follow-up computed tomography (CT) scan, adequate colon fastening to the abdominal wall was confirmed. He had suffered no recurrences 5 months post-procedure.

Currently percutaneous endoscopic sigmoidopexy is an accepted treatment for recurrent sigmoid volvulus in patients like ours [1] [2]. Consequently, we propose a method of percutaneous endoscopic sigmoidopexy that is likely as effective as that described by Imakita [3] although more accessible.


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Publication Date:
04 February 2021 (online)

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