A Statewide Colectomy Experience: The Role of Full Bowel Preparation in Preventing Surgical Site Infection Kim, Edward K.; Sheetz, Kyle H.; Bonn, Julie; More Kim, Edward K.; Sheetz, Kyle H.; Bonn, Julie; DeRoo, Scott; Lee, Christopher; Stein, Isaac; Zarinsefat, Arya; Cai, Shijie; Campbell, Darrell A. Jr; Englesbe, Michael J. Less Annals of Surgery. 259(2):310-314, February 2014. Abstract Abstract In Brief In Brief Favorites PDF Get Content & Permissions Abstract: In Brief: Bowel preparation before elective colectomy remains controversial. This study represents the largest to date study comparing no bowel preparation with full bowel preparation with oral nonabsorbable antibiotics. Patients receiving full bowel preparation experienced significantly fewer postoperative infectious complications than a propensity-matched cohort receiving no preoperative bowel preparation.