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Post-discharge complications common after surgery, study finds
Modern Healthcare

Serious post-discharge complications are common among surgical patients, leading to significantly higher healthcare costs, more frequent emergency department visits and higher readmission rates, according to research findings presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Surgeons, held in Chicago.

One in seven cases of orthopedic, gastrointestinal, vascular or gynecological surgery resulted in a complication within 30 days of an operation, said the authors, who analyzed data from nearly 60,000 surgical procedures performed at 112 VA hospitals from 2005 to 2009.