Anastomotic leak: are we closer to eliminating its occurrence?

Michael J. Stamos, Matthew T. Brady

Abstract

Anastomotic leak is one of the most fretted complications in colon and rectal surgery and its occurrence carries a significant degree of morbidity and mortality for affected patients. Given the degree of harm this complication causes patients, a significant amount of work has been done in the field to identify factors associated with anastomotic leak in an effort to minimize both its occurrence and associated morbidity.