The introduction of circular end-to-end stapling devices (CEEA OR EEA stapler) into colorectal surgery have revolutionised anastomotic techniques. The EEA stapler is generally regarded as an instrument that is safe, reliable, and simple to operate. Despite it’s popularity, very little information is available regarding the technical difficulties encountered during surgery. The routine technique to perform an end-to-end circular colonic anastomosis is to introduce the instrument distally through the anus (transrectal/transanal approach) and attach it to the anvil
which is purse stringed at the distal end of the proximal bowel to be anastomosed. Two cases of reversal of Hartmann’s procedure for perforated diverticulitis are described in the present study, where difficulty was experienced while using
the EEA stapler in the routine method. Hence, an alternative reverse technique which was used is presented.
Key words: Colorectal anastomosis, diverticulitis, Hartmann’s
procedure, EEA stapler, reverse stapling technique