Laparoscopic Colectomy Costs Less than Open Colectomy for IBD

Laparoscopic Colectomy Costs Less than Open Colectomy for IBD
A new study published in the March 25 online edition of JAMA Surgery has shown that people who underwent a laparoscopic colectomy needed fewer days of health care. Their acute and follow-up care also costed less when compared to people who had traditional open surgery. Scientists from the United States and Norway studied national health insurance claims using data from the Truven Health Analytics MarketScan Commercial Claims and Encounters database. They focused on health care utilization, health care expenditures and patient days off from work. The study included 4,160 patients 18 to 64 years old who underwent elective laparoscopic (45.6%) or open colectomy (54.4%) during January to December 2010.laparoscopic Lead author Conor P. Delaney, MD PhD, of University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, noted “We found that the use of minimally invasive laparoscopic approaches in a select group of patients undergoing colectomy procedures resulted in significantly lower health care costs and resource utilization compared with open surgical approaches. This may expand access and lower the cost of patient care in the long term. These results reflect the well-documented benefits of laparoscopic surgery, which include faster recovery, less pain and fewer complications.” A colectomy refers to removing part or the
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