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September 1997

Outpatient Parotidectomy

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Downey, Calif

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1997;123(9):1021. doi:10.1001/archotol.1997.01900090137023

The American College of Surgeons Fellowship Pledge states, "To place the welfare and the rights of my patient above all else." With this in mind, I read the article on "Outpatient Parotidectomy at the Fallon Clinic"1 with much interest. Bentkover et al state that their patient satisfaction with outpatient parotidectomy of 73% was high. At Kaiser Hospital-Bellflower (Downey, Calif) we have been performing outpatient parotidectomy since 1994. Our 25 cases have resulted in only 1 complication that was a postoperative bleeding in the recovery room. When asked by the surgeon, the patients responded with an outpatient satisfaction rate of 84% (21 of 25). However, when asked by the nurse 6 months later regarding satisfaction of length of stay, 14 (56%) of 25 were satisfied, but 11 (44%) of 25 were not satisfied and preferred to stay in the hospital longer because of anxiety over caring for the drains and

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