Fiber Optic Endoscopy: Colonoscopy

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Abstract

Colonoscopy is a major part of rural surgeons' elective and emergency work. It allows for preoperative assessment and treatment planning, intraoperative evaluation of the surgical site, and is part of management of post-operative complications. Endoscopic removal of large polyps as well as emergency interventions for bleeding or bowel obstruction (stenting) should be part of the therapeutic options offered in a rural surgical centre.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of General SurgeryMount Gambier General Hospital and Flinders University Rural Medical SchoolMount GambierAustralia
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryUniversity of Munich – Campus GrosshadernMunichGermany

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