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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: John F. Sweeney, MD (University of Michigan Medical School)
Description: This work contains a wide range of topics with a primary focus on ambulatory anorectal surgery, including the facilities, operating room set-up, technical aspects of various surgeries, positioning of patients, coding, and economic issues.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a wide range of topics on anorectal ambulatory surgery.
Audience: This work is directed at colorectal and general surgeons in practice and in training. I believe that the editors are credible and that their goals are met.
Features: There are 17 chapters, and the focus in approximately one-third of these is on the facilities required, anesthesia, and patient selection. In another third the focus is on technical aspects of the surgery, including patient positioning for anorectal surgical procedures, postoperative pain management, and management of urinary retention. In the final third, the focus is on the technical aspects of actual surgical procedures. At the end of the book there are two short chapters focusing on coding and billing, which are important topics for surgeons interested in anorectal surgery.
Assessment: The chapters associated with the technical aspects of anorectal procedures are well written and informative. I was a little disappointed that there were not more descriptive figures and drawings in the chapter focusing on management of rectal prolapse. All in all however, I think that this book is a nice resource for the very focal area of ambulatory anorectal surgery. I believe it will be a valuable and rapid resource primarily for general surgeons. Individuals who have completed a colorectal surgery fellowship may find this book below them.