Journal article

Audit of colorectal cancer surgery by non-specialist surgeons.

KK Singh, MK Barry, P Ralston, MA Henderson, JS McCormick, AD Walls, CD Auld

British Journal of Surgery | Published : 1997


BACKGROUND: Some authorities recommend that colorectal cancer should be treated in specialist units but evidence that non-specialist units demonstrate comparatively poor results may be lacking. METHODS: Between 1987 and 1991, 267 patients were operated on by four general surgeons, none of whom was a specialist in colorectal surgery. Procedure-related complications, postoperative mortality and disease-related survival rates were analysed. RESULTS: There were four cases of intraperitoneal sepsis (1 per cent) and five of 189 patients (3 per cent) had clinical anastomotic dehiscence; there was no case of wound dehiscence. The postoperative mortality rate after elective and emergency surgery was ..

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