Anastomotic Leaks: Are We Getting Closer to Understanding and Preventing Them?

Session Description

Anastomotic leaks are a nemesis of colorectal surgery. Despite basic training in how to prevent anastomotic leaks, performing specific maneuvers intraoperatively, and testing the anastomosis, leaks still occur. Numerous new ideas and techniques in why anastomotic leaks may occur, ways to improve assessment over clinical grounds, and improved detection and treatment are now available

Moderator: Scott R. Steele, MD, FACS, Shaker Heights, OH

Co-Moderator: Cindy J. Kin, MD, FACS, Stanford, CA


Scott R. Steele, MD, FACS, Shaker Heights, OH

The Best Thing about Leaks Is Preventing Them: Anastomotic Construction and Augmentation
Matthew F. Kalady, MD, FACS, Cleveland, OH

New Fangled Devices and Techniques: Do They Hold Any Water (or Stool?) for Preventing Leaks
Andrew A. Shelton, MD, FACS, Stanford, CA

Evaluating the Anastomosis: Past, Present, and Future
Anuradha R. Bhama, MD, FACS, Chicago, IL

Microbiome and Anastomotic Leaks—Can We Blame the Bacteria?
John C. Alverdy, MD, FACS, Chicago, IL

Patient Factors: Risk Factors or Scapegoats?
Emily V. Finlayson, MD, FACS, San Francisco, CA

Detection of Leaks: Endoscopy, Radiology, and Labs
Justin A. Maykel, MD, FACS, Worcester, MA

Panel of Cases
Cindy J. Kin, MD, FACS, Stanford, CA

Sponsored by the Advisory Council for Colon and Rectal Surgery

Target Audience

  • Practicing surgeons
  • Residents

Learning Objectives

  • Apply new knowledge and ideas to improve their surgical practice
  • Adapt concepts and quality measures in support of research advancements
  • Enhance the quality of patient care


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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.50 Certificate of Completion
  • 1.50 Self Assessment Credit
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Course expires: 

Disclosure Information

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The ACCME also requires that ACS manage any reported conflict and eliminate the potential for bias during the educational activity. Any conflicts noted below have been managed to our satisfaction. The disclosure information is intended to identify any commercial relationships and allow learners to form their own judgments. However, if you perceive a bias during a activity, please report it on the evaluation.

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Faculty and Disclosures

Andrew A. Shelton MD, FACS - Nothing to Disclose
Anuradha R. Bhama MD, FACS - Nothing to Disclose
Cindy J. Kin MD, FACS - Nothing to Disclose
Emily V. Finlayson, MD, MS, FACS - Ooney Inc: Founding Equity: Founder
John C. Alverdy, MD, FACS - Applied Medical: Stock Options: Consultant; Covira: Founder CEO; Reshape Medical: Royalties: Consultant
Justin A. Maykel, MD, FACS - Bard: Consulting Fee; Olympus: Consulting Fee
Matthew F. Kalady, MD, FACS - Biomup: Consulting Fee: Advisory Board
Scott R. Steele MD, FACS - Nothing to Disclose

Program Committee and Disclosures

CHAIR: Henri R. Ford, MD, MHA, FACS, FAAP, FRCSEng(Hon), Miami, FL - Nothing to Disclosure
VICE-CHAIR: David T. Cooke, MD, FACS, Sacramento, CA - Nothing to Disclosure


David C. Borgstrom, MD, FACS, Morgantown, WV - Nothing to Disclosure
Daniel L. Dent, MD, FACS, San Antonio, TX - Nothing to Disclosure
Roger R. Dmochowski, MD, FACS, Nashville, TN - Allergen: Honoraria: Consultant
Cynthia D. Downard, MD, FACS, Louisville, KY - Nothing to Disclosure
Audra A. Duncan, MD, FACS, London, ON - Nothing to Disclosure
Mariam F. Eskander, MD, Boston, MA - Nothing to Disclosure
Paula Ferrada, MD, FACS, Richmond, VA - Nothing to Disclosure
Neil H. Hyman, MD, FACS, Chicago, IL - Nothing to Disclosure
Martin S. Karpeh, Jr., MD, FACS, New York, NY - Nothing to Disclosure
Dennis H. Kraus, MD, FACS, New York, NY - Nothing to Disclosure
Kenneth W. Sharp, MD, FACS, Nashville, TN - Nothing to Disclosure


Daniel M. Herron, MD, FACS, FASBMS, New York, NY - Nothing to Disclosure
Edith Tzeng, MD, FACS, Pittsburgh, PA - Nothing to Disclosure


Barbara Lee Bass, MD, FACS, FRCSEng(Hon), FRCSI(Hon), FCOSECSA(Hon), Houston, TX - Nothing to Disclosure
Quan-Yang Duh, MD, FACS, San Francisco, CA - Nothing to Disclosure
B. J. Hancock, MD, FACS, FRCSC, Winnipeg, MB - Nothing to Disclosure
Ronald V. Maier, MD, FACS, FRCSEd(Hon), Seattle, WA - Nothing to Disclosure

Continuing Medical Education Credit Information


The American College of Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

The American College of Surgeons designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Of the AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ listed above, a maximum of 1.5 credits meets the requirements for Self-Assessment.

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Note: Residents will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Available Credit

  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.50 Certificate of Completion
  • 1.50 Self Assessment Credit
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