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Aggressive Bowel Preps Don't Improve Long-Term Outcomes after Colon Surgery

More evidence has emerged that strong laxatives before bowel surgery don’t reduce complications after surgery, nor do they improve survival. Traditionally, doctors prescribed laxatives to completely remove all feces from the colon before surgery, a process known as mechanical bowel preparation. However, a study in Scotland that looked at 1,730 colon cancer surgeries performed between 2000 and 2005 found no differences in surgical complications 30 days after surgery whether patients got mechanical bowel preps or not. In addition, during 3 to 5 years of follow-up there was no difference in survival.