The word “anastomosis” refers to a connection between two tubes or passages that would normally branch away from each other.
In medical terminology, anastomosis is when surgeons connect two tube-like structures inside the body. People may need anastomosis to join blood vessels or sections of the bowel.
Here we look at the types of anastomosis and their uses. We also outline what to expect during and after anastomosis.
The term “anastomosis” refers to a connection between two tubes or passages that would usually branch away from each other.
Anastomosis in biology
Anastomosis occurs naturally in the body, where veins and arteries connect to transport blood around the body.
Anastomosis in the vascular system creates a backup pathway for blood flow if a blood vessel becomes blocked.
Vascular fistulae are abnormal anastomoses, where blood vessels join together through injury, inflammation, or disease.
Anastomosis in medicine
In surgery, an anastomosis occurs when a surgeon or interventionalist connects two tube-like structures in the body.
- two blood vessels
- two sections of bowel
- two parts of the genitourinary tract