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For minimally invasive surgery, SSI risks can vary

While minimally invasive surgery is associated with a reduced risk of surgical site infections, the type of surgery is associated with different infection risks, according to an article published in JAMA Surgery.

Using data from the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program, researchers evaluated the differences in 30-day SSI rates between open surgery and MIS.

They found MIS was associated with much lower SSI rates — about half those of open surgery. For MIS, however, 30-day infection rates differed by procedure:

  • Appendectomy: 3.8 percent
  • Colectomy: 9.3 percent
  • Hysterectomy: 1.8 percent
  • Radical prostatectomy: 1.0 percent
Researchers concluded MIS itself is not synonymous with low infection risk, though it was associated with reduced risk of SSIs compared to open surgical procedures.

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