Navigation Links
Obese People at Higher Risk of Infection After Colon Surgery

TUESDAY, May 17 (HealthDay News) -- Obese patients are at a significantly increased risk for surgical site infections after undergoing partial or full removal of the colon, a new study finds.

It included 7,020 patients, aged 18 to 64, who had either partial or total colectomy for colon cancer, diverticulitis or inflammatory bowel disease between 2002 and 2008. Of those patients, 1,243 were obese.

The overall rate of surgical site infections was 10.3 percent, but the rate was higher in obese patients (14.5 percent) than in non-obese patients (9.5 percent). After adjusting for a number of factors, the researchers calculated that obese patients were 60 percent more likely to develop surgical site infections than non-obese patients.

The average cost of colectomy for all the patients was $16,399, but the average cost for obese patients was about $295 more than for non-obese patients.

The researchers also found that surgical site infections greatly increased the cost of the procedure. The average total cost for patients who developed surgical site infections was $31,933, compared to $14,608 for patients without infection.

Patients with surgical site infections also had longer average hospital stays (9.5 days vs. 8.1 days) and a much higher rate of hospital readmission (27.8 percent vs. 6.8 percent).

"We conclude that patients undergoing colorectal surgery who develop SSIs [surgical site infections], many of whom are obese, tax the health-care system," wrote Dr. Elizabeth C. Wick, of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, and colleagues.

Incentive programs that reward surgeons for keeping costs down and improving patient outcomes should take into account that obese people are at higher risk of infection, according to the authors.

The study appears in the May issue of the Archives of Surgery.

More information

The University of Chicago Medical Center has more about colectomy.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: JAMA/Archives journals, news release, May 16, 2011

Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Weight-loss counseling most prevalent between male physicians and obese men
2. Obese Teens Lack Vitamin D, Study Finds
3. Making the move to exercise for overweight and obese people
4. Obese People Have Less Satisfying Sex Lives: Study
5. Obese Pregnant Women May Have Tougher Time Fighting Infections
6. Tall, Obese Men More Prone to Leg Clots: Study
7. Obese Kids Wrist Size May Predict Heart Disease
8. Babies Born to Obese Moms Face Higher Death Risk: Study
9. Smoking did not influence breast cancer risk among obese women
10. Diet-Exercise Combo Seems to Work Best for Obese Seniors
11. Bariatric surgery highly cost-effective treatment for type 2 diabetes in the obese
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/25/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... November 25, 2015 , ... ... offering factory direct sauna parts and accessories. , Sauna accessories help improve ... the bather’s style and personality. From basic styles for the purist looking for ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... On November 10, 2015, ... District Court of Connecticut on behalf of a home health care worker who provided ... or former home health care workers employed by Humana, Inc., Humana at Home, Inc., ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... ... across the country to celebrate their sobriety and show through pictures what a ... and after” photos this Thanksgiving with the hashtag #FacesOfGratitude on their Facebook, Twitter, ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... Wimbledon Health ... launches new Wimbledon Athletics Facebook page to educate the public, parents ... cardiac abnormalities. About 2,000 people under the age of 25 die from sudden ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... Smiles by Stevens is ... and moderate facial wrinkling. While many patients are aware of the benefits of Botox® ... Botox® delivers to those suffering with discomfort, soreness, and pain as a result of ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/26/2015)... DUBLIN , November 26, 2015 ... has announced the addition of the  ... in the European Cell Surface Marker ... Emerging Opportunities"  report to their offering.  ... announced the addition of the  "2016 ...
(Date:11/25/2015)...  Amgen (NASDAQ: AMGN ) today announced the ... the United States (U.S.) Food and ... to Humira ® (adalimumab). Amgen believes this submission ... FDA and represents Amgen,s first BLA submission using the ... M.D., executive vice president of Research and Development at ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... 25, 2015 AAIPharma Services Corp./Cambridge Major ... at least $15.8  Million to expand its laboratories ... . The expansion will provide additional office ... growing demands of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology markets. ... will provide up to 40,000 square feet of ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: