Department of Surgery, University of California, San Francisco, and Veterans Affairs Medical Center, San Francisco, CA, USA – Hepatic Surgery
Dr. Kwon, Along With Other Surgeons, Publishes Article With The American Journal Of Surgery On Lessons Learned With Hepatic Surgery
Background: The development of a hepatic surgery center within a US Department of Veterans Affairs hospital is dependent on proper training and institutional support, which can translate into low operative morbidity and mortality rates.
Methods: Patients who underwent hepatic procedures between 2003 and 2009 were retrospec- tively reviewed. A subset analysis of laparoscopic liver resections for patients with hepatocellular cancer (HCC) was performed. One hundred twenty-six patients underwent 130 hepatic procedures, 65% of which were hepatic resections. Ninety-seven percent of cases were for malignant disease, including HCC (70%).
Results: The morbidity and mortality rates were 15.5% and 2.4%, respectively. For patients with HCC there was no difference in operative outcomes or overall survival when procedures were performed laparoscopically.
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Conclusions: A Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital specializing in hepatic surgery can achieve low complication rates comparable with those of high-volume centers. The numbers of patient referrals and hepatic resections and the proportion of laparoscopic operations increased after the creation of a dedicated hepatic surgery center within a single VA hospital.
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