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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 16-22

Colorectal surgery: Is there a need to recognize it as a separate super specialty in India?


Department of Colorectal Surgery, Sher I Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India

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Dr. Asif Mehraj
Department of Colorectal Surgery, Sher I Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Srinagar, Srinagar - 190 018, Jammu and Kashmir
India
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DOI: 10.4103/IJCS.IJCS_27_20

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Colorectal surgery is an established super specialty in most parts of the world. However, in India, this is yet to be recognized as a separate super specialty. Colorectal surgery has a vast scope and needs dedicated training to treat complex colorectal diseases. There is enough scientific evidence to prove that outcomes for such diseases are improved in the hands of dedicated colorectal surgeons. So far in India, the process of granting it the status of a separate super specialty has been initiated but it needs further efforts to formally do so and also start super specialty courses such as MCh/DNB in the field. In this review, we will give a brief historical background of the specialty of colorectal surgery, the scope of colorectal surgery, the scientific evidence to prove that better patient outcomes are achieved in the hands of dedicated colorectal surgeons and finally the journey of efforts that have been carried so far for recognizing this as a separate super specialty in our country.


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