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Invited Commentary
October 2014

Is a Minimally Invasive Approach the Solution for Reducing Surgical Site Infections?

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Urology, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
  • 2Cancer Outcomes, Public Policy and Effectiveness Research (COPPER) Center, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
  • 3Department of Surgery, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Temple University Health System, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
JAMA Surg. 2014;149(10):1044. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2014.313

During the past decade, performance of minimally invasive surgery (MIS) has rapidly disseminated into clinical practice for commonly performed procedures in the United States owing to lowering of the risk for complications, shortening of the length of stay, and improving convalescence compared with open surgery.1,2 Assessing the effect of MIS on the risk for surgical site infections (SSIs) is a salient question, because SSIs occur in at least 2% of all surgical procedures and are increasingly targeted under contemporary health care reform.3

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