Jolobe suggests an interesting parallel between the adoption of laparoscopic cholecystectomy and the adoption of cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). The proposed common thread is a rush to adopt a new therapy without a full appreciation of risks leading to increased procedural complications.
There are clear similarities between how the 2 techniques have been adopted. There are also similarities in outcomes. Jolobe cites a surge in claims linked to cholecystectomy complications following the increasing use of laparoscopic cholecystectomy.1 Reynolds et al2 noted a higher than expected device complication rate in Medicare patients following the wider adoption of CRT and defibrillator therapy.