Background: The amount of published experience using natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) is increasing. However, approximately half of the technical approaches described include NOTES as part of a hybrid procedure. Colonic resections performed using NOTES have mainly been described using a hybrid approach. Methods: An 84-year-old female presented with a symptomatic volvulus of the sigmoid colon. Endoscopic detorsion and desufflation were successfully performed. Definitive treatment was accomplished by performing a sigmoid resection entirely via a transvaginal route using a single port device (SILS™ Covidien, Westbury, MA, USA). Results: Operative time was 135 min. No intraoperative or postoperative complications occurred. Only minimal narcotic analgesia was required and oral intake was initiated on postoperative day 3. At the last follow-up assessment, 2 months postoperatively, no complications or recurrent volvulus were observed. Conclusion: Transvaginal NOTES sigmoid colectomy for sigmoid volvulus is feasible and can be performed safely.
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