News Headlines Article

Lower Costs Linked to Minimally Invasive Surgical Techniques
HealthLeaders Media

The use of open incisions rather than less invasive surgical techniques results in complications such as such as infections in more than 4,000 patients annually, a Johns Hopkins surgeon reports.

“It’s one of the greatest disparities in medicine, that roughly half of surgical patients are cut open, and roughly half are getting minimally invasive surgery, though minimally invasive techniques have lower infection and complication rates, lower lengths of stay, and lower use of postoperative pain medications,” says Marty Makary, MD, professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.