Abdominal Surgery Resources for Payors and Employers

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General abdominal surgery resources for payors

Learn more about minimally invasive abdominal surgery and its benefits/risks with these resources:

The effects of laparoscopic cholecystectomy, hysterectomy, and appendectomy on nosocomial infection risks

Minimally invasive hysterectomy and cholecystectomy are shown to be associated with lower infection rates, fewer complications, shorter hospital stays, and lower expenditures than open surgery. For more details, review the retrospective database analysis of over 11,000 patients that examined the effect of MIP vs. open procedures on the rate of nosocomial infections for three procedures: Cholecystectomy, Hysterectomy and Appendectomy.

  • Brill A, Ghosh K, Gunnarsson C, et al. The effects of laparoscopic cholecystectomy, hysterectomy, and appendectomy on nosocomial infection risks. Surgical Endoscopy. 2008; 22(4):1112-8. PubMed Link

Minimally invasive surgery and reimbursement

Differences have been found between minimally invasive surgery vs. open procedures for shorter hospital length of stay, quicker return to work and return to normal activities. For more details, review the study of over 112 clinical papers regarding the following MIP Procedures: Cholecystectomy, Appendectomy, Colectomy, Hysterectomy, Ventral Hernia Repair and Fundoplication.

  • Adam R. Roumm, MSPH, Laura Pizzi, PharmD, MPH, Neil I. Goldfarb, and Herbert Cohn, MD. Minimally Invasive: Minimally Reimbursed? An Examination of Six Laparoscopic Surgical Procedures Surgical Innovation. Vol 12, No 3 (September), 2005: pp 261-287. PubMed Link

Minimally invasive surgery outcomes for appendectomy and colectomy

A recent study of national payor claims finds that minimally invasive surgical (MIS) techniques for appendectomy and colectomy offer several clinical & cost benefits when compared to open surgical procedures, including:

  • lower infection rates
  • fewer complications
  • shorter hospital stays
  • lower health care expenditures

Abdominal surgery resources for employers

Share these resources with your employees and health plan members to help them understand the facts about their possible options for minimally invasive procedures:

Appendectomy

American College of Surgeons
The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded to improve the quality of care for the patient by setting high standards for surgical education and practice. View patient information from ACS about appendectomy and other procedures.

Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES)
SAGES represents a worldwide community of surgeons that can bring minimal access surgery, endoscopy, and emerging techniques to patients in every country.

General Information on Appendicitis – National Digestive Disease Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC)
National Digestive Disease Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC) is an information dissemination service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). The NIDDK is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), one of eleven health agencies of the Public Health Service, which is under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Medline Plus
Health Information from the National Library of Medicine. MedlinePlus has extensive information from the National Institutes of Health and many other sources on over 650 diseases and conditions.

American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
The American Academy of Family Physicians is one of the largest national medical organizations, representing more than 94,000 family physicians, family medicine residents, and medical students nationwide. The mission of the AAFP is to improve the health of patients, families, and communities by serving the needs of members with professionalism and creativity.

Cholecystectomy

General Information on the Gallbladder – National Digestive Disease Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC)

Ventral hernia repair

American Hernia Society
The American Hernia Society's mission is to provide an evidence-based scientific and professional forum for education and exchange of information regarding current and future methods of treatment of abdominal wall hernias.

Medline Plus
Health Information from the National Library of Medicine. MedlinePlus has extensive information from the National Institutes of Health and many other sources on over 650 diseases and conditions.

Patient information from SAGES on laparoscopic hernia repair
Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) represents a worldwide community of surgeons that can bring minimal access surgery, endoscopy and emerging techniques to patients in every country.

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