Invited Commentary

  • Rhonda S. Fishel
  • Adrian Barbul


As the opportunities to use our manual prowess as surgeons have declined, the need for superior judgment has been enhanced. Although our patient care goals remain the same, the means to get there are continuously evolving. To the extent that we embrace this concept, our role in patient care will be maintained. Naturally, there are still patients for whom surgery is the first line of treatment. Further, we serve often to correct complications or salvage treatment failures of other modalities. Nonetheless, the more limited role for surgery in the management of many inflammatory and infectious processes has occurred because of advancement in several areas.


Percutaneous Drainage Necrotizing Pancreatitis Abdominal Abscess Percutaneous Catheter Drainage Diffuse Peritonitis 
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  • Rhonda S. Fishel
  • Adrian Barbul

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