This is another Panel by Correspondence in a series being published by the Archives. Three recognized experts on surgery of the colon were asked to participate, with a general surgeon as the moderator. Seven questions and four cases were composed; each panelist was then asked to respond to them independently. Since it is not possible to have direct discussion of any differences of opinion that may be expressed in this type of panel among the panelists themselves, the moderator comments at the end of each question or case, when indicated, in an effort to summarize the thinking of the panel or to point up any disagreements. The Archives is grateful to the distinguished surgeons who have agreed to participate in this panel on "Surgery of the Colon."
Questions and Answers
Question 1: What is your method of preparing the unobstructed colon for operation?Dr. Gallagher: On hospitalization, 2½ days prior