Hospital volume more important than surgeon experience in outcomes

High hospital volume mattered more than the experience level of the surgeon in prostate cancer surgery, according to new research by Henry Ford Hospital. Researchers at the Michigan health system also found that larger, busier hospitals see better outcomes for high-risk, older patients. The industry has long believed that both the number of occupied beds and the amount of surgeries performed can lead to better results, but this study distinguishes between the two, lead study author Quoc-Dien Trinh, a fellow at Henry Ford Hospital's Vattikuti Urology Institute said in the research announcement Tuesday. "The main finding is that hospital volume matters more than surgeon volume with regard to 30-day complication rates, especially for older, sicker patients, those at higher risk of complications." However, Trinh added," risk of recurrence probably depends on the skill of the surgeon to remove the cancer properly, not on how good the hospital is." Announcement