To the Editor We congratulate Scott and colleagues1 for their excellent study on the use of national burden to define operative emergency general surgery. In their study,1 they elaborate on 7 operative emergency general surgery procedures that account for approximately 80% of the national burden in terms of frequency, morbidity, mortality, and cost.
ten Broek RPG, van Goor H. An Inconvenient Truth Regarding Operative Emergencies in General Surgery. JAMA Surg. Published online November 16, 2016. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2016.4247