Single-incision laparoscopic (SIL) sigmoid colectomy and uterus-preserving repair for colo-uterine fistula secondary to severe diverticular disease: an unusual technical solution for an unusual presentation of a common disease.BMJ Case Rep. 2016 May 13; 2016BC
Colouterine fistula as a potential complication of chronic diverticulitis is a rare entity with less than 30 cases reported worldwide. Generally, patients require a multidisciplinary approach including a major laparotomy with hysterectomy and sigmoid colectomy, and, occasionally, temporary colostomy. We report the first attempt of a novel, minimally invasive technique for managing a case of benign colouterine fistula with single-incision laparoscopic (SIL) sigmoid colectomy and uterus preservation. A small, 3 cm incision site provided access for the whole operation, as well as played a role as the specimen extraction site. Malignant fistulas and large uterine defects may require hysterectomy, however, laparoscopic closure of uterine wall defects can be considered as a reasonable alternative in selected patients, avoiding the higher risks associated with hysterectomy and keeping fertility at younger ages. Single incision laparoscopy in complicated diverticular disease and fistula formation cases is a challenging but technically feasible option, in experienced hands.