Complications of rectal cancer surgery

Elizabeth R. Raskin, Robert D. Madoff

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Complications are inherent to rectal cancer surgery. Anatomic challenges of the pelvis, preoperative radiation therapy, and advanced disease contribute to the increased incidence of postoperative complications. Prolonged hospitalization and/or readmission are commonly required and adversely contribute to the overall cost of surgical care. In addition, health-related quality of life has been shown to be significantly impacted by major complications and prolonged hospitalization. Postoperative complications can lead to a delay in adjuvant chemotherapy administration and have been associated with decreased disease-free and overall survival.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationModern Management of Cancer of the Rectum
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781447166092
ISBN (Print)9781447166085
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015


  • Anastomotic
  • Complications
  • Dysfunction
  • Infection
  • Injury
  • Sexual
  • Urinary


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