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Patients Often Aren’t Offered Minimally Invasive Surgery
National Public Radio

It would be nice to think that when you go in for surgery you’d be offered the safest, cheapest alternative, but that’s not always the case, a study finds.

Some hospitals are much more likely than others to offer minimally invasive surgery for procedures like colon or lung surgery or appendectomy, according to an analysis published Wednesday in JAMA Surgery.

And that means a higher risk of complications and greater expense, the study found. It looked at 80,000 surgeries in the 2010 National Inpatient Sample, and found that people who had minimally invasive surgery stayed in the hospital about 1.4 days less.

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