Why Take a Chance With Your Local Low Volume Surgeon to Do Your Total Thyroidectomy for Thyroid Disease and Cancer?
Surgical Experience and Effect on Outcomes When it Comes to Your Thyroid Surgery
When less is not more
Dr.Julia Soza of Duke presented data on who is high risk to give you complications when doing your thyroidectomy. The majority of patients in the USA underwent surgery with low volume surgeons. The threshold total number of total thyroidectomies for improved outcomes is 25 per year.A scary stat is that 51% of the surgeons did 1 case per year with 68% increased complication risk over the high volume surgeon doing > 25 /year. 34% of the surgeons did 2-5 cases a year had a staggering 55% increased risk of complications. The risk drops to 35% in those 7% doing 6-10 cases a year. Still 20% risk in those 3% of surgeons doing 11-15 cases a year. Only 1% of all surgeons doing 16-20 cases a year still had a 9% increased complication risk compared to a high volume surgeon doing >25 cases a year. Similar is the 1% of surgeons doing 21-25 Case/year still had increased complication risk of 2 % over the high volume surgeons.
Thyroid surgery for cancer is mostly an elective procedure not emergency.
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