Dr. Eytan Irwin Performs Colon Stent Procedure at Kennedy University Hospital
Monday, March 28, 2011

Eytan Irwin, MD, FACS, FASCRS

Eytan Irwin, MD, FACS, FASCRS, recently performed a successful colon stent implant on a male patient at Kennedy University Hospital in Washington Township. The patient, a 64-year-old Deptford, NJ resident, came to the hospital through its Emergency Department with a colon obstruction due to recurrent colon cancer.

By having a stent implanted, the patient was able to be discharged the day following surgery. In addition, the patient did not need a permanent colostomy, which would have resulted in more pain, a longer hospital stay and a delay in him receiving needed chemotherapy.

Acute malignant colonic obstruction is a common surgical emergency. The current standard of care for patients with acute malignant distal colonic obstruction is Hartmann’s procedure, which involves surgical decompression via formation of a colostomy and resection of the primary tumor.

Colon stenting can be used as a “bridge” to surgery or, in the case of Dr. Irwin’s patient, as an option to relieve the blockage so the patient could return to normal function and continue their chemotherapy.

Dr. Irwin is a member of the Kennedy University Medical Staff and in practice with Colon & Rectal Surgical Associates of South Jersey, based in Turnersville and Voorhees, NJ. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.