The impact of surgical volume on patient outcomes following thyroid surgery

Emad Kandil, Salem I. Noureldine, Ali Abbas, Ralph P Tufano

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Background This study aimed to evaluate the effects of indications for thyroidectomy on patient outcomes and to examine the impact of surgical volume on these outcomes. Methods The nationwide inpatient sample was used to identify all patients who underwent total thyroidectomy (TT) between 2000 and 2009. We examined the effects of surgeon volume and hospital characteristics on predicting patient outcomes. Univariate and multivariate analyses were used to examine the effects of the indication for surgical care on postoperative outcomes. Results Overall, 46,261 procedures were identified. Patients with Graves disease had the highest postoperative complications (17.5%) compared to patients undergoing TT for other benign (13.9%) and malignant (13.2%) thyroid disease (P

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1346-1353
Number of pages8
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2013


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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