Ambulatory colorectal surgery / edited by Laurence R. Sands, Dana R. Sands.- New York: Informa Healthcare USA, Inc., 2009.- 354 p.
The face of medicine has changed significantly in the 21st century. Emphasis
is placed on minimally invasive techniques and shorter hospitalization. This medical
climate has challenged physicians to provide excellent care of increasingly complex
problems often in the outpatient setting and frequently using multidisciplinary
As such, we have been motivated to write a new colon and rectal surgery textbook
capitalizing on the shifting practices of medicine in the 21st century. This book
represents a compilation of office-based diagnoses, conditions, and treatments that
are commonly encountered in general and colon and rectal surgical practices. Attention
is paid to all facets of outpatient colorectal surgery including the evaluation
and treatment of complex pelvic ”oor pathology.
Many office-based outpatient conditions and anorectal diseases in general are
often poorly understood. This disease spectrum is frequently glossed over in surgical
Most surgical trainees today have limited access to the outpatient office setting,
especially within the confines of the restricted working hours of residents. Conditions
such as the ones reviewed in this book make up the core of many surgical practices.
Therefore, we believe that this book will be useful to all practicing colon and
rectal surgeons, general surgeons with an interest in anorectal disease, and particularly
those young surgeons just completing their surgical training and starting in practice.
The chapters are listed by condition and include a comprehensive review of the
disease entity followed by the available diagnostic modalities and treatment options.
The perioperative care is also included in order to provide the reader with a guide
to the complete management of these patients. A review of the literature, both classic
and new, will help the reader to gain a thorough understanding of each disease process.
Prominent authors who have expertise in these areas have been brought together in
this effort to bring some simplicity to the treatment of a group of common conditions,
which are often ineffectively managed by physicians.
Our hope is that this book will give surgeons the ability to manage the spectrum
of diseases encountered in the outpatient setting and make a strong contribution
to the welfare of all patients.
The editors are especially thankful to the contributors who have taken time from
their busy clinical practices to help in this endeavor and to Elektra McDermott,
without whom, this project would not have been possible. We also wish to acknowledge
and dedicate this book to our dear children, Ryan and Cory, from whom we have taken
much time in the preparation of this project.