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Surgical Experience Improves Thyroidectomy Outcome

Maryland surgeons who perform the greatest number of thyroidectomies have the lowest complication rates, according to results of a statewide study by Johns Hopkins researchers published in the September 1998 issue of Annals of Surgery. The complication rate for experienced surgeons was more than a third lower than for those performing fewer operations. Greater surgical experience also resulted in lower total hospital charges for patients undergoing the operation for more serious thyroid conditions.

Disorders of the thyroid gland occur in 3 percent to 5 percent of the population and are the second most prevalent endocrine disease, behind diabetes mellitus. Thyroidectomy -- or removal of the thyroid gland, is done to treat cancer, goiter and in some cases, hyperthyroidism.

"While it may seem like common sense that surgical experience is associated with superior performance in endocrine surgery, until now, there has been little evidence supporting this view," says Robert Udelsman, M.D., director of endocrine and oncology surgery at Hopkins. "Surgeons need to apply outcomes research rigorously to advance clinical care based on something more objective than personal anecdotes."

For the study, the Hopkins research team examined "outcomes" or results for all 5,869 patients who underwent thyroid operations for benign or malignant thyroid disease in 52 Maryland acute care hospitals between 1991 and 1996. Using hospital discharge data, the investigators looked at in-hospital complications, average length of stay and average hospital charges. Death was not considered as an outcome because it is rare following thyroidectomy.

To assess the role of surgical experience in patient results, investigators grouped the surgeons into three categories according to the number of thyroidectomies performed over the six-year study period. The three categories were one to nine operations (group A), 10 to 29 operations (group B)
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Contact: Gary Stephenson
gstephenson@jhmi.edu
410-955-5384
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
7-Oct-1998


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