Automatic suturing instruments were tested in two ponies and two horses. The TA stapler was used for bowel closure (enterotomies and gut transection) and for end-to-end 'triangulation' anastomoses. The GIA stapler was used for making side-to-side anastomoses. In one horse several enterotomies were made at different stages and the results of suturing by hand and with a stapler were compared. The utility of both types of staplers is discussed in relation to clinical evaluations and macroscopical and microscopical findings post mortem.
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