Postsurgical Complication


Abscess/Leak (ABSCESS)

An abscess is a painful collection of pus, usually caused by a bacterial infection. Coloanal anastomoses have the highest rates.

Bleeding (BLEED)

Minor and major bleeding is common in anastomotic complications. Epinephrine and saline retention enemas are used to manage serious bleeding. Surgical intervention is necessary if situation is getting worse.

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)/pulmonary embolism (PE) (DVTPE)

DVT is a condition wherein a blood clot forms in a vein of the deep system. A piece of the clot can break off and travel through the lung, which can cause heart failure, known as PE.

Ileus (ILEUS)

Ileus is defined as bowel obstruction. For small bowel obstruction, 90-100% sensitivity can be achieved by a CT scan of the abdomen and pelvis.

Myocardial infraction (MI)

Myocardial infarction is commonly known as a heart attack. It occurs during surgery or within 30 days after surgery.

Wound infection


Wound infections commonly present around the fifth postsurgical day and 5-15% of patients have such complication after colorectal surgery.