Can we consider immediate complications after thyroidectomy as a quality metric of operation?

TitleCan we consider immediate complications after thyroidectomy as a quality metric of operation?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsLifante, J-C, Payet, C, Menegaux, F, Sebag, F, Kraimps, J-L, Peix, J-L, Pattou, F, Colin, C, Duclos, A
Secondary AuthorsLe Pogam, M-A
Corporate AuthorsGroup, CATHYStudy
JournalSurgery
Volume161
Issue1
Pagination156 - 165
Date Published01/2017
DOI10.1016/j.surg.2016.04.049
ISSN00396060
Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Permanent recurrent laryngeal nerve palsy and hypoparathyroidism are 2 major complications after thyroid operation. Assuming that the rate of immediate complications can predict the permanent complication rate, some authors consider these complications as a valid metric for assessing the performance of individual surgeons. This study aimed to determine the correlation between rates of immediate and permanent complications after thyroidectomy at the surgeon level.

METHODS:

We conducted a prospective, cross-sectional study in 5 academic hospitals between April 2008 and December 2009. The correlation between the rates of immediate and permanent complications for each of the 22 participating surgeons was calculated using the Pearson correlation test (r).

RESULTS:

The study period included 3,605 patients. There was a fairly good correlation between rates of immediate and permanent recurrent laryngeal nerve palsy (r = 0.70, P = .004), but no correlation was found for immediate and permanent hypoparathyroidism (r = 0.18, P = .427).

CONCLUSION:

The immediate hypoparathyroidism rate does not reflect the permanent hypoparathyroidism rate. Consequently, immediate hypoparathyroidism should not be used to assess the quality of thyroidectomy or to monitor the performance of surgeons.

First publication date (online)

11/2016

Short TitleSurgery
Citation Key / SERVAL ID7835
Peer reviewRefereed

                         

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