Can we reduce complications in laparoscopic colorectal surgery?
Epublication WebSurg.com, Sep 2015;15(09). URL: http://websurg.com/doi/lt03ensalky008
Laparoscopic colorectal surgery comprises many different types of procedures for various diseases. In general, surgical complications can be divided into intraoperative and postoperative complications, and usually occur while the patient is still in the hospital. Over the recent decade, the improvement of different treatment strategies and technical inventions has been tremendous. This is mainly attributable to the increase use of the laparoscopic approach, which is now well-accepted for many procedures. Training of the surgeon, hospital volume, and learning curves are becoming increasingly more important to maximize patient safety, surgeon expertise, and cost-effectiveness. The standardization of perioperative care is essential to minimize postoperative complications. In this key lecture, Dr. Barry Salky provides an overview, namely how to identify and minimize intraoperative and postoperative complications.