The association of surgical volume with postoperative results has been studied primarily on demanding oncological surgical procedures. These studies have shown significant lower rates of postoperative morbidity and mortality in high-volume centers.1- 3
Esophageal achalasia is a rare disease, and it is unknown if a surgeon’s volume affects the postoperative results. Therefore, we aimed to characterize the trend of utilization of esophagomyotomy stratified by surgical volume in the United States and to analyze the association of surgical volume with perioperative outcomes.
Schlottmann F, Strassle PD, Patti MG. Association of Surgical Volume With Perioperative Outcomes for Esophagomyotomy for Esophageal Achalasia. JAMA Surg. Published online December 20, 2017. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2017.4923