Letters Adhesions in abdominal and pelvic surgery

Adhesions in abdominal and pelvic surgery: benefit of laparoscopy over open surgery remains unproved

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f6629 (Published 06 November 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6629
  1. Roland E Andersson, colorectal surgeon1
  1. 1Department of Surgery, County Hospital Ryhov, SE 551 85 Jönköping, Sweden
  1. roland.andersson{at}lj.se

Ten Broek and colleagues’ review of postoperative adhesions did not include the largest study of postoperative small bowel obstruction after appendectomy (n=245 400), which had up to 30 years of follow-up.1 2 The methodology section provides no clues about why this study was not included. This raises questions about the completeness of the review. …

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