In this second part of a series, complications related to colorectal surgery are highlighted and discussed, including anastomotic bleeding and hemorrhage, wound infection, anastomotic dehiscence and fistula formation, small bowel obstruction, and genitourinary complications. Prevention of complications may be improved by adequate selection of appropriate procedures for the patient, good surgical technique, and good postoperative care.
Tonna McCutcheon, MSN, APRN-BC, CGRN, is Colorectal Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Vanderbilt Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee.
Correspondence to: Tonna McCutcheon, MSN, APRN-BC, CGRN, Vanderbilt Medical Center, 1121 21st Ave. S, S-5410 MCN, Nashville, TN 37232 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The author declares no conflict of interest.
Received January 20, 2012
Accepted April 26, 2012