Subtotal colectomy versus left hemicolectomy for the elective treatment of splenic flexure colonic neoplasia

Marc Beisani, Francesc Vallribera, Albert García, Laura Mora, Sebastiano Biondo, Jaime Lopez-Borao, Ramon Farrés, Júlia Gil, Eloy Espin

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© 2017 Elsevier Inc. Background: Optimal elective surgical treatment for splenic flexure neoplasm (SFN) is unclear. Subtotal colectomy (STC) and left hemicolectomy (LHC) are the two more common strategies used. Methods: Observational multicentric study comparing postoperative morbidity, mortality and long-term survival on patients with SFN electively operated by STC versus LHC between 2003 and 2014. Results: After revision of the databases, 144 patients were included (STC group, n = 68; LHC group, n = 76). No differences were found on epidemiological and surgical data. A higher global morbidity (58%vs37%, p = 0.014), surgical morbidity (50%vs33%, p = 0.037), postoperative ileus (37%vs20%, p = 0.023) and harvested lymph nodes (26vs18, p = 0.0001) were found on the STC group. No significant differences in complications according to severity, reoperation rate, hospital stay, mortality, recurrence or long-term survival were found between groups. Conclusions: A higher surgical morbidity was found on the STC group, mainly due to mild postoperative ileus. No differences on long-term oncological results were found.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-254
JournalAmerican Journal of Surgery
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2018


  • Carcinoma
  • Colon cancer
  • Left hemicolectomy
  • Splenic flexure
  • Subtotal colectomy
  • Surgery


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