Postoperative Complications

  • David W. Dietz


Whether practicing in a small rural hospital or a large tertiary referral center, colorectal surgeons will encounter a variety of postoperative complications. The ability to minimize, recognize, and effectively treat these problems is paramount to achieving quality outcomes for our patients. This chapter focuses on those surgical complications most often encountered by colorectal surgeons: injuries to the bowel and genitourinary structures, pelvic hemorrhage, small bowel obstruction, wound infections, abscesses, and anastomotic leaks, strictures, and bleeding.


Anastomotic Leak Small Bowel Obstruction Staple Line Restorative Proctocolectomy Coloanal Anastomosis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David W. Dietz
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Digestive DiseaseCleveland ClinicClevelandUSA

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