Reoperative surgery in acute setting: When to go back?

Elizabeth M. Windell, Rifat Latifi

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


The return to the operating room in the perioperative settings, or in the acute settings, has not been defined well, despite the fact that it happens often, although the exact frequency how often we take the patient back is not known. The reason why we need to bring the patient back to the operating room can be divided into planned and unplanned procedures. The unplanned procedures can be classified further into acute (mostly due to bleeding, such as tamponade following CABG or any other major surgery), major infection or some other sort of wound catastrophe (dehiscence), intestinal obstruction or anastomotic leak that may become evident perioperatively. The planned return to the operating room has been described a bit better (second look laparotomy for example, damage control as described in Chap.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSurgical Decision Making
Subtitle of host publicationBeyond the Evidence Based Surgery
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9783319298245
ISBN (Print)9783319298221
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016


  • Acute wound dehiscence
  • Planned return to the operating room
  • Reoperation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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