Generalities About Complications
In this podcast, Dr. Romina Pena asks Dr Steven Wexner various questions on General Complications in Colorectal Surgery. They discuss anastomotic leaks, a difficult problem. Dr. Wexner explains his 4 strategies for mitigating this complication. Also, with the ongoing development of technologies, the doctors talk about their expectations for the future, and how it will affect them on a daily basis, for example, in avoiding multiple crossing staple lines. Another complication discussed is Surgical Site Infections (SSI). Protocols for prevention were discussed in a previous podcast with Dr Antonio de Lacy - therefore, in this one, Dr Wexner talks about how there still are still SSIs, despite all the knowledge and prevention in the field. They also talk about how bowel preparation might change due to the microbiome. The final complication discussed bleeding. Dr Pena asks Dr Wexner about his thoughts on the future, specifically, how new technology such as Artificial Intelligence could prevent bleeding. Finally, she asks him about other methods for clean treatment when facing this stressful complication.