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Ostomy surgery

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Added 2023 ASCRS/SAGES and 2022 ASCRS guidelines on ostomy surgery.


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The following summarized guidelines for the management of ostomy surgery are prepared by our editorial team based on guidelines from the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES/ASCRS 2023) and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS 2022,2019,2017,2013). ...
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Perioperative care

Preoperative preparation: as per ASCRS/SAGES 2023 guidelines, consider allowing intake of clear liquids up to 2 hours before general anesthesia.
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  • Perioperative nausea and vomiting prophylaxis

  • Perioperative pain control

  • Perioperative hemodynamic control

Surgical interventions

Choice of surgical approach
As per ASCRS/SAGES 2023 guidelines:
Use a minimally invasive surgical approach for colorectal resection when appropriate and provided expertise is available.
Avoid using nasogastric tubes and intra-abdominal drains for colorectal surgery.

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  • Preoperative marking

  • Ostomy creation

  • Ostomy closure

  • Parastomal hernia repair

Specific circumstances

Elderly patients: as per ASCRS 2022 guidelines, take into account the degree of frailty (physiological age) rather than chronological age of patients when making treatment decisions about colorectal surgery.
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Patient education

Preoperative counseling
As per ASCRS/SAGES 2023 guidelines:
Conduct a preoperative discussion regarding clinical milestones and discharge criteria.
Provide preoperative stoma teaching and counseling regarding how to avoid dehydration in patients undergoing ileostomy creation.

Follow-up and surveillance

Discharge from hospital: as per ASCRS/SAGES 2023 guidelines, consider offering hospital discharge before the return of bowel function in selected patients after colorectal resection.

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  • Postoperative care (early mobilization)

  • Postoperative care (ileus prevention)

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