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Do Patients With Poor Outcomes Regret Having Had Infrainguinal Bypass Surgery?

Margaret L. Schwarze, Maliha A. Sayla, George Caleb Alexander

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Abstract

Background: Retrospection and hindsight bias may lead patients with bad outcomes to regret the choice of infrainguinal bypass surgery. Objective: To assess patients' retrospective evaluations of surgery stratified by common criteria to judge surgical success. Survey Design: Cross-sectional phone surveys of 33 patients, an average of 162 d following infrainguinal bypass surgery. Results: Of the 33 patients evaluated, 26 (79%) experienced undesirable outcomes, including amputation (4, 12%), prolonged hospitalization (8, 24%), wound infection (8, 24%), readmission to the hospital (12, 36%), additional surgery (11, 33%), and other complications (16, 48%). Of the patients surveyed, nearly all (30, 91%) reported that they would still want to have had the surgery if they had a 5-y 50% mortality, and the same proportion reported they would recommend the surgery to someone else with similar medical problems (30, 91%). Conclusions: If confirmed in larger populations, these findings suggest that when viewed retrospectively, results traditionally considered poor outcomes may not deter many patients' preferences for surgical management of their infrainguinal vascular disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6-9
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Surgical Research
Volume151
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2009
Externally publishedYes

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Emotions
Patient Readmission
Patient Preference
Wound Infection
Vascular Diseases
Amputation
Hospitalization
Cross-Sectional Studies
Mortality
Population

Keywords

  • hindsight bias
  • infrainguinal bypass
  • limb salvage
  • surgical ethics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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Brief Report : Do Patients With Poor Outcomes Regret Having Had Infrainguinal Bypass Surgery? / Schwarze, Margaret L.; Sayla, Maliha A.; Alexander, George Caleb.

In: Journal of Surgical Research, Vol. 151, No. 1, 01.2009, p. 6-9.

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