July 17, 2001 A Mayo Clinic study is the first to show that laparoscopic colon and rectal surgery for Crohn’s disease both improves outcomes and reduces costs. In the study, 33 laparoscopic patients were matched for five confounding factors (age, gender, diagnosis, type of resection, and date of operation) to control patients undergoing the equivalent open procedure. Patients in the study underwent an ileocolic resection.
Published in the May issue of Surgical Endoscopy, it found that patients were able to resume a regular diet three days earlier than those having open procedures. Narcotics were removed four days earlier than the open procedure patients. The laparoscopic patients were discharged from the hospital in four days compared with seven days for those with the open procedure.
Overall, Tonia Young-Fadok, M.D., a Mayo Clinic colon and rectal surgeon, the study’s primary author, found that cost savings were nearly $3,400 less for the laparoscopic patients compared with the costs for open procedure patients.
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