n South African Journal of Surgery - Bowel preparation is unnecessary : editorial

Volume 43, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0038-2361
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5151



Extracted from text ... Editorial SAJS 54 VOL 43, NO. 3, AUGUST 2005 SAJS Much surgical practice is no more than unexamined habit; one need look no further than our obsessive devotion to overshoes and masks in theatre, or the only recently abandoned use of sclerotherapy for piles (hallowed by more than a century of 'experience'). The question is (or at least should be) simple - is there any evidence to support a practice? In the absence of well-conducted trials there may be a case for relying on weaker evidence; however, once these are available we are morally bound to follow their results. No guidelines exist for bowel preparation, perhaps because mechanical cleansing of the bowel is so ..

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