1st Edition

Pediatric Colorectal Surgery Tips & Tricks

By Marc A. Levitt Copyright 2022
    240 Pages 174 Color & 62 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    240 Pages 174 Color & 62 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    240 Pages 174 Color & 62 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Based on 30 years of experience as a surgeon working in the field of pediatric colorectal and pelvic reconstructive surgery, author Marc Levitt shares the tips and tricks that he has developed to make operations and patient management easier and reproducible. This book teaches these skills to achieve positive results.

    Patients with anorectal malformations (ARMs), Hirschsprung disease (HD), fecal incontinence from a variety of conditions, colonic motility disorders, and a myriad of other conditions comprise the field of pediatric colorectal and pelvic reconstruction. Such patients require care throughout their lives from specialists across numerous fields, which may include colorectal surgery, urology, gynecology, and GI motility, as well as specialized nursing, orthopedics, neurosurgery, anesthesia, pathology, radiology, psychology, social work, and nutrition.

    Sometimes the field can seem chaotic and unpredictable. Reconstruction requires creativity and at times it feels that artwork is being created during the actual operation with no pre-plan in mind. Marc Levitt and his colleagues have worked very hard to counter that feeling, to be fully prepared, and to develop protocols, techniques, and processes that can be adopted by other clinicians, so that optimal results for patients can be achieved. This book reflects both this experience and this approach.

    Part I: Anorectal and Cloacal Malformations

    1. Newborn Anorectal Malformations

    2. Predictors of Continence

    3. Operative Decision Making

    4. Operative Techniques

    5. Anal Stenosis, Rectal Atresia, and Presacral Mass

    6. Cloaca

    7. Postoperative Care of a PSARP Incision

    8. Rare Cases

    9. Anorectal Malformation Myths

    Part II: Hirschsprung Disease

    10. Diagnosis

    11. Pull-Through

    12. Total Colonic Hirschsprung Disease

    13. Late Diagnosis Hirschsprung Disease

    14. Hirschsprung Disease Myths

    Part III: Functional Constipation and Fecal Incontinence

    15. Bowel Management

    16. Evaluation of Constipation and Surgical Adjuncts

    17. Malone Appendicostomy (Antegrade) or Enemas (Retrograde) for Colonic Cleaning

    18. Malone Complications and Troubleshooting

    19. Laxatives

    20. Thickening the Stool with Fiber

    21. Bacterial Overgrowth

    22. Sharing Tissues

    23. Functional Constipation and Fecal Incontinence Myths

    Part IV: Post-PSARP and Post-HD Pull-Through Problems

    24. Problems after PSARP

    25. Deciding When to Do a Redo Procedure in ARM

    26. Problems after an HD Pull-Through

    27. Deciding When to Do a Redo Procedure in HD

    Part V: Miscellaneous Colorectal Topics and Techniques

    28. Operating Room Setup and Positioning

    29. Stomas

    30. Ischiorectal Fat Pad

    31. Miscellaneous Colorectal Conditions


    Dr Marc Levitt has focused his career on enhancing the care of children with colorectal and pelvic reconstructive needs. He has cared for children from all 50 of the United States and over 75 countries and has performed more than 15,000 pediatric colorectal procedures. He has written three textbooks and this is his fourth, as well as over 300 scientific articles in this subject area. Dr. Levitt received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He completed his general surgery residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center, a fellowship in Pediatric Colorectal Surgery at Schneider Children’s Hospital and a Pediatric Surgery fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. His work extends to educating students, surgeons, other medical colleagues, and nurses, as well as developing integrated centers throughout the world to ensure that all children have access to quality colorectal care. He is actively engaged in helping patients, their doctors, and nurses in resource limited locations through the organization Colorectal Team Overseas, www.ctoverseas.org. He is the Chief of the Division of Colorectal & Pelvic Reconstruction at Children’s National Hospital, in Washington DC, a uniquely integrated team of pediatric colorectal surgeons, urologists, gynecologists, gastroenterologists, and nurses and is a professor of surgery at George Washington University School of Medicine.

    "It is like a personal handbook written for students by an expert teacher. It is a wonderful contribution to the field, and I have no doubt that pediatric surgeons of all levels of experience will appreciate the author for having shared his experience in this way." - Jessica Roybal, MD, Ochsner Clinic Foundation Hospital