Antibiotics Over Probiotics For Bowel Cancer Surgery

Antibiotics are more effective than probiotics in preventing perioperative infections in patients with bowel cancer undergoing surgery

Probiotics form the healthy bacterial colony of the gut. Supplementation with probiotics has been shown to be effective in preventing infection and preventing the growth of pathogenic bacteria (bacteria that can cause infections).

On the other hand, patients with colon cancer undergoing surgery are more likely to develop infections during operation.

For patients undergoing elective colon cancer operations, the infection with occurs after the procedure can be avoided using a single intravenous dose of an antibiotic provided just beforehand if mechanical bowel preparation and the provision of oral antibiotics are carried out.

Synbiotics has been observed to decrease the frequency of infection in patients after their operations for pancreatic cancer. The efficacy of oral antibiotics and probiotics in avoiding infection after a procedure in elective colon cancer surgery was examined in this study.

Giving oral antibiotics as bowel preparations instead of probiotics for colon cancer procedures proved to be more efficient to prevent surgical-site infections.


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Dr. Adem Gunes