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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Hui Sen Chong, MD (University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics)
Description: This collaborative book is a comprehensive review of various complications encountered during and after various surgical procedures. It is an update of a 2006 edition.
Purpose: It is an updated source of broad concepts of surgical care and complications relevant to specific procedures. Surgical epidemiology, operative technique, and disease pathophysiology are emphasized.
Audience: The book is well suited for residents at all stages of training and practicing general surgeons. It covers a wide variety of procedures that are encountered by general surgeons. The contributing authors and editors, surgeons from North America, are experts in their respective fields.
Features: The first section describes institutional risk management issues, while the second is dedicated to perioperative complications and their management. The six remaining sections cover complications associated with specific procedures in thoracic, vascular, gastrointestinal, endocrine, oncology, transplant, and pediatric surgery. Each chapter begins with a brief introduction to a particular organ system, followed by pathogenesis and the surgical management of various disease processes. Although some chapters highlight common intraoperative complications and their management, most focus on the management of complications encountered in the postoperative period. Operations are sufficiently described, but detailed operative anatomy is not provided since this isn't the book's main purpose. The text, diagrams, and tables in the print version are all in black and white. However, one of the highlights of this book is the fact that its contents are accessible online, giving it a lot of portability.
Assessment: Unlike Surgical Pitfalls: Prevention and Management, Evans (Elsevier, 2009), this book does not specifically dive into the various complications that could potentially occur intraoperatively. The authors do a good job of incorporating the facts, but the chapters are a little wordy. It is not a book that one can flip through and quickly pick out the learning points. However, the chapters are well written and each can be completed in under an hour's time. It should be used as an adjunct to a fundamental general surgery textbook.