iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A surprisingly low percentage of surgeries in America is being done using minimally invasive surgery techniques, a new report from Johns Hopkins Medical Center found.
The study, published in the BMJ, looked at data from more than 1,000 hospital around the United States. The data showed that just 13 percent of hysterectomies, 28 percent of colectomies, 32 percent of lung lobectomies and 71 percent of appendectomies were done laproscopically.
Researchers had previously determined for each hospital and predicted percentage of laproscopic surgeries. They determined that larger hospitals, hospitals in urban areas or teaching hospitals were more likely to utilize minimally invasive surgical procedures.
Previous studies have shown that minimally invasive surgery reduces the risk of surgical site infection, length of hospitalization and post-operative pain.
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