Outcomes of Closed Versus Open Defects After Local Excision of Rectal Neoplasms: A Multi-institutional Matched Analysis.

BACKGROUND The management of the rectal wall defect after local excision of rectal neoplasms remains controversial, and the existing data are equivocal. OBJECTIVE This study aimed to determine the effect of open versus closed defects on postoperative outcomes after local excision of rectal neoplasms. DESIGN Data from 3 institutions were analyzed… CONTINUE READING