What's important to patients post-colorectal surgery? 3 study insights

A study, published in Disease of the Colon & Rectum, analyzed what patients thought of their perioperative care and recovery periods following colorectal surgery.

Researchers examined 167 patients from a single academic medical center in New England. They surveyed the patients on a variety of metrics related to their surgical care.

Here's what they found:

1. About 92.2 percent of respondents were satisfied with their recovery.

2. Patients rated the following factors on matter of importance:

  • Cured of colorectal cancer: 76 percent
  • Not having a permanent stoma: 78 percent
  • Avoiding complications: 74 percent

3. These were the matters of least importance:

  • Length of stay: 13 percent
  • Laparoscopy utilization: 14 percent
  • Incision appearance: 2 percent
  • Incision length: 4 percent

Researchers concluded, "Overall, patients reported high satisfaction with their care. … This research helps elucidate the outcomes patients truly consider valuable and surgeons should focus on these outcomes when making surgical decisions."

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