Clin Colon Rectal Surg 2010; 23(1): 037-041
DOI: 10.1055/s-0030-1247854
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Endoscopic Colonic Stents and Dilatation

David E. Beck1
  • 1Department of Colon and Rectal Surgery, Ochsner Clinic Foundation, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Publication Date:
09 March 2010 (online)


Colonic obstruction is common with malignancy as the most common cause. Endoscopic placement of intraluminal self-expanding stents is a newer option to manage this challenging problem. In benign disease, endoscopic dilatation may play a role whereas stenting can serve as a bridge to surgery. Indications and placement techniques are discussed along with a summary of published results and complications.


David E BeckM.D. 

Department of Colon and Rectal Surgery, Ochsner Clinic Foundation

1514 Jefferson Hwy., New Orleans, LA 70121