Using a prospectively maintained database to identify patients who either underwent a first-time melphalan-based isolated limb infusion or a first-time hyperthermic isolated limb perfusion for in-transit melanoma, Lidsky and coauthors identify patient-related clinical and pathological variables, as well as procedural factors, that correlate with disease progression. See invited critique by Kemeny.
A retrospective review of 263 preoperative patients with hyperparathyroidism was conducted by Madorin et al between 2006 and 2010 to compare the radiation dose and financial cost of dynamic computed tomography with sestamibi scintigraphy. See Invited Critique by Coe.
Kwaan and colleagues reviewed the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program database to determine whether the complication rate differs between right-sided and left-sided colectomy for cancer.
In an Internet-based survey e-mailed to program chairmen of surgery departments to determine their perception of the job, Slakey and coauthors evaluate the chairmen’s responsibilities, methods of support, determinants of job performance success, and concerns. See the invited critique by Rikkers.
Smith et al examine the impact of treatment delay time, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, insurance status, cancer stage, and age on the survival from breast cancer among adolescent and young adult women. See the Invited Critique by Neumayer.
Magge et al determined the relative safety and oncologic efficacy of minimally invasive distal pancreatectomy compared with open procedures for early-stage pancreatic ductal carcinoma.
Maas and colleagues conducted an observational cohort study to determine whether the relationship between surgeon volume and outcomes is an artifact of case mix using a prospective sample of carotid endarterectomy cases. Christopher J. Abularrage, MD, provides an invited critique.
In a multicenter randomized, blinded trial, Shi et al evaluate the influence and interaction of clopidogrel bisulfate and tranexamic acid on bleeding and transfusion outcomes in coronary artery bypass grafting. See the Invited Critique by Faraday.
Miller and coauthors assessed whether existing integrated delivery systems are associated with improved quality and lower costs for episodes of inpatient surgery. See invited critique by Penson.
Weiner et al provide a comprehensive, multiyear analysis of health care costs by type of procedure within a large cohort of privately insured persons who underwent bariatric surgery compared with a matched nonsurgical cohort.
Sweeney and Morton review literature examining the changes in the distal gut microbiome composition as it relates to the lean and obese phenotypes, particularly after surgical weight loss.
Adepoju and colleagues conducted a retrospective study examining the effect of insurance payer status on mastectomy rates of 1539 women treated within a single health system.