Though hospital stay duration was once used as a surrogate outcome for surgical recovery, the increasing popularity of short-stay surgery has eliminated that measure, making it harder for hospitals to track recovery trajectories and more difficult for surgeons to plan physical, psychological, and social postoperative courses for prospective patients.
Since removing the abnormal glands through parathyroidectomy (PTx) is the sole curative intervention for primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT), a team of researchers from the Section of Endocrine Surgery at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine in Los Angeles recently tracked trends in the frequency and quality of PTx.
Thanks to better anesthetics, new surgical techniques, and more consistent anticoagulant use to prevent venous thromboembolism, mortality after total hip replacement surgery is rare. Nevertheless, a patient's risk of death briefly increases following the procedure.
The patients who are most likely to develop a hospital-acquired condition after bariatric surgery are precisely those who stand to benefit the most from undergoing the procedure.