Clin Colon Rectal Surg 2016; 29(01): 014-021
DOI: 10.1055/s-0035-1568145
Review Article
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Complications Following Anorectal Surgery

Hiroko Kunitake
1  Boston Medical Center, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts
Vitaliy Poylin
2  Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
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Publication Date:
16 February 2016 (online)


Anorectal surgery is well tolerated. Rates of minor complications are relatively high, but major postoperative complications are uncommon. Prompt identification of postoperative complications is necessary to avoid significant patient morbidity. The most common acute complications include bleeding, infection, and urinary retention. Pelvic sepsis, while may result in dramatic morbidity and even mortality, is relatively rare. The most feared long-term complications include fecal incontinence, anal stenosis, and chronic pelvic pain.