Postoperative Complications

  • Sonia Lockwood
  • Jon Armitage


No surgeon operates without complications which are the inevitable consequence of our craft. However, through understanding of potential complications, we may strive to prevent their occurrence or diagnose them earlier and manage them more successfully. An exhaustive account of the potential complications which may follow colorectal surgery is beyond the scope of this chapter (many of these are presented in Table 42.1). Instead, the following discussion will focus upon early “surgical” issues which often require active intervention from the surgical team, these being: hemorrhage, sepsis, anastomotic failure and enterocutaneous fistula, postoperative bowel obstruction, and wound dehiscence and the burst abdomen.


Anastomotic Leak Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome Wound Dehiscence Splenic Injury Open Abdomen 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Castle Hill HospitalThe University of Hull Academic Surgical UnitHullUK

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