Warning: The following represents strictly anecdotal experience after
too many years operating on the elderly patient
1. Would you resect these 80cm of jejunum in this patient in this
No! Why add the possible morbidity of a bowel resaection to your
operation because of a theoretical concern. These diverticulae rarely
cause problems. Leave well enough alone.
2. How high (or low) would you estimate the "spontaneous" risk for this
patient to experience a complication (bleeding, perforation) of jejunal
One often finds these diverticulae in the elderly when operating for
something else, yet, rarely is a complication of such a diverticulum an
indication for surgery. Leave well enough alone.