Are Major Complications After Digestive Surgery Preventable?



Whenever questions arise about major complications after Digestive surgery, the actual morbidity rates of the respective types of surgery are warranted and important for the judgment of the clinical relevance and the continuous improvement of surgical management. There have been major advances in the reduction of postoperative complications following Digestive Surgery in the past years. The reasons for the improved outcome reside—beside others—in improved diagnostic tests leading to early intervention and a more precise surgical approach, better neoadjuvant treatment options, and improved peri- and postoperative care and in modified and innovative surgical techniques or devices. Surgical clinical trials have provided evidence of how to treat and prevent complications and abandoned some traditional treatment protocols that clearly had no benefit for the surgical outcome. A breakthrough in reduction of postoperative morbidity and improved surgical outcome has been provoked by the centralization of complex operations at specialized surgical high-volume centers.


Digestive Surgery Complications Morbidity rates Preoperative setting Surgical technique Perioperative setting Postoperative setting Prevention 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of General, Visceral and Transplantation SurgeryUniversity of HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany

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