Published online May 28, 2014. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v20.i20.6309
Revised: February 23, 2014
Accepted: March 19, 2014
Published online: May 28, 2014
Core tip: There is now a good amount of evidence showing that colonic stents are a safe management option for obstruction secondary to colonic malignancy despite other safety concerns in the literature. Despite guideline recommendations that they should be performed as a joint procedure with both an endoscopist and radiologist, limitations of everyday practice may restrict this. Our data shows that procedures can be performed just as safely by only an endoscopist with good success rates and few complications. This may help improve availability of such procedures and reduced financial costs.