Active drains, which work by negative pressure, are commonly used to drain closed airtight wounds. Higher negative pressure is used in vacuum-assisted wound closure dressings. Gastrointestinal leaks may be difficult to treat by surgical approach because of their association with high morbidity and mortality. Recently, endoscopic approaches have been applied with several degrees of success. Most recently, endoluminal vacuum-assisted wound closure (EVAC) has been employed with high success rates in decreasing both morbidity and mortality. In the present paper, the authors describe the successful use of Endo-SPONGE (B. Braun Medical B.V.) EVAC system therapy to drain an open rectal wound, following a perforation occurred during stapled hemorrhoidectomy.
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