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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 23-25

Should colorectal surgery be a separate superspecialty in India?

Department of Surgical Gastroenterology, Sir Gangaram Hospital, New Delhi, India

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Dr. Subhashish Das
Room No 29/13, Upper Ground Floor, East Patel Nagar, New Delhi
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DOI: 10.4103/ijcs.ijcs_29_20

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Colorectal surgery is demanding and requires a certain degree of operative skill. The literature also suggests that the outcome of patients after colorectal surgery depends on the surgical expertise as well as the volume of colorectal cases in a hospital. Most parts of the world have already designated colorectal surgery to be a separate superspecialty, but in India, there is still little enthusiasm for this idea. However, considering the increasing incidence of colorectal cancer in India, especially in our younger population, we should consider whether it has become necessary to train doctors in such complex procedures from the beginning of their careers. However, whether colorectal surgery should be designated to be a separate superspecialty in this country is still debatable, but the initiative taken by the Association of Colon and Rectal Surgeons of India with their fellowship and instructional courses should be examined carefully.

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