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Lane's operation

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Operation suggested by Lane for extirpation of the entire colon in treating constipation.

Lane’s operation for chronic intestinal stasis – Lane’s kink – consisted in short-circuiting the intestine.

This is just one of several operations named for Lane.


  • W. A. Lane:
    The operative treatment of chronic constipation.
    London, J. Nisbet, 1909; 4th edition, 1918.

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