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Matthew J Klebanoff, Jagpreet Chhatwal, Jacob D Nudel, Kathleen E Corey, Lee M Kaplan, Chin Hur
Importance: Severe obesity affects 4% to 6% of US youth and is increasing in prevalence. Bariatric surgery for the treatment of adolescents with severe obesity is becoming more common, but data on cost-effectiveness are limited. Objective: To assess the cost-effectiveness of bariatric surgery for adolescents with obesity using recently published results from the Teen-Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery study. Design, Setting, and Patients: A state-transition model was constructed to compare 2 strategies: no surgery and bariatric surgery...
October 26, 2016: JAMA Surgery
Ryan M Moore, Jonathan Rimler, Brian R Smith, Garrett A Wirth, Keyianoosh Z Paydar
BACKGROUND: Venous thromboembolic events result in significant morbidity, mortality, and costly therapeutic interventions. As medical resource allocation strategies are becoming more pervasive, appropriate risk stratification and prophylactic regimens are essential. Previous studies have shown a decreased incidence of perioperative venous thromboembolism in the chronic spinal cord injury population. The question remains of whether chronic spinal cord injury is protective against venous thromboembolism...
November 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Caroline A Yao, Jordan Swanson, Dayana Chanson, Trisa B Taro, Barrie Gura, Jane C Figueiredo, Heather Wipfli, Kristin Hatcher, Richard Vanderburg, William P Magee
BACKGROUND: Despite health system advances, residents of low- and middle-income countries continue to experience substantial barriers in accessing health care, particularly for specialized care such as plastic and reconstructive surgery. METHODS: A cross-sectional household survey of patients seeking surgical care for cleft lip and/or cleft palate was completed at five Operation Smile International mission sites throughout Vietnam (Hanoi, Nghe An, Hue, Ho Chi Minh City, An Giang, and Bac Lieu) in November of 2014...
November 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Erika D Sears, Peter R Swiatek, Hechuan Hou, Kevin C Chung
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of insurance type on use of diagnostic testing, treatments, and the efficiency of care for patients with carpal tunnel syndrome. METHODS: The 2009 to 2013 Truven MarketScan Databases were used to identify adult patients with carpal tunnel syndrome. Insurance type was categorized as fee-for-service versus capitated managed care. Multivariable regression models were created to evaluate the relationship between insurance type and costs, number of visits, treatment, and electrodiagnostic study use, and controlling for demographic characteristics and comorbidities...
November 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Jashvant Poeran, Mathias Opperer, Rehana Rasul, Madhu Mazumdar, Federico P Girardi, Alexander P Hughes, Stavros G Memtsoudis, Vassilios Vougioukas
Study Design Retrospective cohort study. Objective The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning in 2008 against off-label bone morphogenetic protein (BMP-2) use. We aimed to determine (off-label) BMP-2 use in two periods and associations with complications. Methods We included 340,393 patients undergoing spinal fusions from the Premier Perspective database (2006 to 2012). BMP-2 use was determined from billing in 2006 to 2008 versus 2009 to 2012. Outcomes included revisions, length of hospital stay (LOHS), and cost of hospital stay (COH)...
November 2016: Global Spine Journal
F Hernández-Alfaro, M J Nieto, V Ruiz-Magaz, A Valls-Ontañón, I Méndez-Manjón, R Guijarro-Martínez
Increasing experience with alternative timing protocols in orthognathic surgery has given way to new surgical and orthodontic techniques to shorten treatment times, reduce biological costs, and improve the final outcome. A prospective evaluation of class III patients who received an inferior segmental osteotomy (ISO) for decompensation of significantly retroclined lower incisors in the context of 'surgery-first' (SF) or 'surgery-early' (SE) timing protocols was performed. Treatment was planned virtually. A thorough periodontal assessment was performed at baseline and periodically until debonding...
October 22, 2016: International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Son Nguyen, Allen Zhu, William Toppen, Adeel Ashfaq, Jessica Davis, Richard Shemin, Abie H Mendelsohn, Peyman Benharash
Although the true incidence of postoperative dysphagia after cardiac surgery is unknown, it has been reported to occur in 3 to 21.6 per cent of patients. Historically, dysphagia has been associated with increased surgical complications and prolonged hospital stay. This study aimed to evaluate the costs and outcomes associated with dysphagia after cardiac surgery. Patients undergoing nonemergent, nontransplant cardiac operations between June 2013 and June 2014 were eligible for inclusion. Independent predictors of cost were identified through a multivariate linear regression model...
October 2016: American Surgeon
Hem Desai, Bhupinder Natt, Samuel Kim, Christian Bime
RATIONALE: There is a paucity of data regarding the optimal surgical approach for lung lobectomy. Lobectomy performed by video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) has been associated with lower morbidity as compared to thoracotomy. However, no multicenter studies have shown improved mortality with VATS lobectomy compared to open surgical lobectomy. OBJECTIVES: We used the United States Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Nationwide Inpatient Sample (HCUP-NIS) database from 2009 to 2012 to compare VATS versus open lobectomy for in-hospital mortality and other short-term outcomes...
October 25, 2016: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
Jessica Gundy Cuneo, M Scott DeBerard, Anthony J Wheeler
STUDY DESIGN: This study was a retrospective-cohort design involving a review of patient medical and cost records and a 2-year post surgery follow-up outcome survey. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the functional and cost outcomes associated with recent lumbar fusion surgeries in Utah workers and compare these outcomes with a comparable prior study cohort. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Lumbar fusion performed on injured workers has dramatically increased over the past two decades and this likely coincided with the increased use of more advanced surgical instrumentation...
October 24, 2016: Spine
Alexander Chern, Jacob B Hunter, Marc L Bennett
OBJECTIVE: To determine if cranioplasty techniques following translabyrinthine approaches to the cerebellopontine angle are cost-effective. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective case series. PATIENTS: One hundred eighty patients with available financial data who underwent translabyrinthine approaches at a single academic referral center between 2005 and 2015. INTERVENTION: Cranioplasty with a dural substitute, layered fat graft, and a resorbable mesh plate secured with screws Main Outcome Measures: billing data was obtained for each patient's hospital course for translabyrinthine approaches and postoperative cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks...
October 21, 2016: Otology & Neurotology
P Roldan-Ramos, L A Reyes-Figueroa, J Rumia, E Martinez-Lizana, A Donaire, M Carreno-Martinez
AIM: To describe clinical results and complications derived from vagal nerve stimulation therapy in drug resistant epileptic patients unsuitable for other surgical treatments, since the first implant in an epilepsy national referral centre. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A retrospective analysis of the patients implanted in our centre was held. Data related to baseline characteristics of their epilepsy and therapy complications was collected. RESULTS: 32 new implants in 31 patients are included, mean age of 34 years, 29...
November 1, 2016: Revista de Neurologia
K M Meiburger, S Y Nam, E Chung, L J Suggs, S Y Emelianov, F Molinari
Blood vessels are the only system to provide nutrients and oxygen to every part of the body. Many diseases can have significant effects on blood vessel formation, so that the vascular network can be a cue to assess malicious tumor and ischemic tissues. Various imaging techniques can visualize blood vessel structure, but their applications are often constrained by either expensive costs, contrast agents, ionizing radiations, or a combination of the above. Photoacoustic imaging combines the high-contrast and spectroscopic-based specificity of optical imaging with the high spatial resolution of ultrasound imaging, and image contrast depends on optical absorption...
November 21, 2016: Physics in Medicine and Biology
Johannes A Govaert, Marc J P M Govaert, Marta Fiocco, Wouter A van Dijk, Rob A E M Tollenaar, Michel W J M Wouters
: Background Due to increasing healthcare costs, discussions regarding increased hospital costs when operating on high-risk patients is rising. Therefore, the aim of this study was to analyze if oldest-old colorectal cancer patients have a greater impact on hospital costs than their younger counterparts. METHODS: All colorectal cancer procedures performed in 29 Dutch hospitals between 2010 and 2012 and listed in the Dutch Surgical Colorectal Audit were analyzed...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Surgical Oncology
Dana B Mukamel, Alpesh Amin, David L Weimer, Heather Ladd, Joseph Sharit, Ran Schwarzkopf, Dara H Sorkin
OBJECTIVE: To test whether use of a personalized report card, Nursing Home Compare Plus (NHCPlus), embedded in a reengineered discharge process, can lead to better outcomes than the usual discharge process from hospitals to nursing homes. DATA SOURCES/SETTING: Primary data collected in the Departments of Medicine and Surgery at a University Medical Center between March 2014 and August 2015. STUDY DESIGN: A randomized controlled trial in which patients in the intervention group were given NHCPlus...
October 24, 2016: Health Services Research
Zita Ficko, Kevin Koo, Elias S Hyams
Robotic surgery continues to increase in popularity and prevalence. The adoption of robotic technology has generated controversy and frequent media coverage. We evaluate recent reports of surgical robotics in the lay press to characterize its objectivity. LexisNexis and Factiva consumer news databases were queried for articles pertaining to robotic surgery published during 2010-2015 in the three highest circulation national (US) newspapers as well as New England regional newspapers. Two independent reviewers performed content analysis and assessed headline bias with strong reliability (mean κ = 0...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Robotic Surgery
B Büttner, A Mansur, M Bauer, J Hinz, I Bergmann
Unilateral spinal anesthesia is a cost-effective and rapidly performed anesthetic technique. An exclusively unilateral block only affects the sensory, motor and sympathetic functions on one side of the body and offers the advantages of a spinal block without the typical adverse side effects seen with a bilateral block. The lack of hypotension, in particular, makes unilateral spinal anesthesia suitable for patients with cardiovascular risk factors e. g. aortic valve stenosis or coronary artery disease. Increasing numbers of surgical procedures are now being performed on an outpatient basis...
October 24, 2016: Der Anaesthesist
Wolfgang Brezna, Kirsten Lux, Nikolaus Dragostinoff, Christian Krutzler, Nicole Plank, Rainer Tobisch, Agnes Boltz, Gerhard Garhöfer, Reinhard Told, Katarzyna Witkowska, Leopold Schmetterer
PURPOSE: The visual performance of monofocal, bifocal, and trifocal intraocular lenses was evaluated by human individuals using a vision simulator device. This allowed investigation of the visual impression after cataract surgery, without the need actually to implant the lenses. METHODS: The randomized, double-masked, three-way cross-over study was conducted on 60 healthy male and female subjects aged between 18 and 35 years. Visual acuity (Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study; ETDRS) and contrast sensitivity tests (Pelli-Robson) under different lighting conditions (luminosities from 0...
October 2016: Translational Vision Science & Technology
Anna Jungwirth-Weinberger, Paul Borbas, Andreas Schweizer, Ladislav Nagy
Purpose Ulna-shortening osteotomy is one of the most established and most frequent operations in hand surgery. However, bone union is not always achieved and the use of plates implies potential risks and problems. The traditional points of criticism are the duration of bone healing, the incidence of nonunion, and the necessity of hardware removal due to the soft tissue irritation by the plate or the screws. These shortcomings have been addressed by an increasing standardization of the procedure and finally specific instruments and implants...
November 2016: Journal of Wrist Surgery
Navid Alem, Joseph Rinehart, Brian Lee, Doug Merrill, Safa Sobhanie, Kyle Ahn, Ran Schwarzkopf, Maxime Cannesson, Zeev Kain
BACKGROUND: Efforts to mitigate costs while improving surgical care quality have received much scrutiny. This includes the challenging issue of readmission subsequent to hospital discharge. Initiatives attempting to preclude readmission after surgery require planned and unified efforts extending throughout the perioperative continuum. Patient optimization prior to discharge, enhanced disease monitoring, and seamless coordination of care between hospitals and community providers is integral to this process...
2016: Perioperative Medicine
H Karimi, S A Motevalian, M Momeni, M Ghadarjani
Understanding the cost of burn treatment is very important for patients, their families, governmental authorities and insurance companies. It alleviates patient and familial stress, provides a framework for better use of resources, and facilitates better performance between burn centers. Hospital burn costs can provide a basis for authorities to budget for acute burn treatment, for further management of chronic complications, and for planning prevention and public educational programs in Iran. To identify costs we used data from our burn registry program...
December 31, 2015: Annals of Burns and Fire Disasters
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