The Controversies of Mechanical Bowel and Oral Antibiotic Preparation in Elective Colorectal Surgery

Brief summary: After including the results of two recent randomised controlled trials, this updated meta-analysis suggests that oral antibiotics alone or a combination of mechanical bowel preparation and oral antibiotics is superior to no bowel preparation in patients undergoing colorectal surgery when surgical site infection and anastomotic leak rates are considered.

The article is available here.

Prof Dileep Lobo