American College of Surgeons: 42% Decrease in Complications and Death with Colorectal Surgeons Compared to Other Surgeons
Colorectal Surgeon Dr. Eric Haas, of Colorectal Surgical Associates, was the principle investigator on one of the largest research studies on post-operative care examining over 60,000 patients following colorectal surgery over a 6-year period. The study investigated whether colon and rectal surgeons are associated with better outcomes.
The research analysis looked into patients with complications from rectal surgery in the United States. The study found that the odds of complications and of dying are reduced by 42% with colorectal surgeons as compared with general surgeons.
Complications were found by sifting through medical charts and included heart complications, digestive complications, infections and surprisingly higher medical bills, more than $1,000, on average due to longer hospital stays with general surgery than with colorectal surgery.
“For patients, its important to not only find the right surgeon but also the right type of surgery to have performed.” said Dr. Haas. “This type of data shows drastic differences in quality of life for not only those having the surgery, but loved ones that may have to care for them after surgery.”
- Patients: Non-emergent rectal resections
- Timeframe: 2005 to 2011
- Mortality Risk: General surgeons 42% increase
- Average Hospital Stay: 8 days
- Average Cost: $19,093
Source: American College of Surgeons