Our Patient Volume and Outcome Data
Inguinal Hernia Repair Patient Outcome Data:
Ventral Hernia Repair Patient Outcome:Recurrence rates – Dr. Harris: 4.0% National Average: 22.3% Our patients have a 82% reduction in recurrence rate when compared to the ACHQC as a whole (see notes below). Quality of Life – Dr. Harris: 91.6 National Average: 88.4 Our patients feel 3.6% better at 2 years when compared to the ACHQC as a whole. *Higher HerQLeS score means better QoL and lower HerQLeS score means worse QoL. Please Note: Our ventral hernia repair data is being compared against other surgeons and patients across the country. Some patients at other centers have much more complicated hernias and are being done at large University type centers. This clearly can skew our data which tends to include healthier patients with less complicated hernias towards having a lower complication and recurrence rate. Ventral hernia repair data can thus be difficult to accurately compare between surgeons and their specific patient populations.
How to Choose Your Hernia Surgeon Based on Outcomes DataIn the end, the outcome you have after your hernia surgery will be the only thing that matters. If you choose a surgeon who has high recurrence rates and increased chronic pain you can expect a higher than average chance of having a poor outcome. If you choose a hernia surgeon who has low recurrence rates and high quality of life ratings for patients after their surgery, you will have a statistically better chance of having a desirable outcome after your surgery. Obviously, the problem that many patients face is how to find a surgeon who falls into the later category! Traditionally, hernia patient outcomes is not something that most surgeons track and even fewer publish for patients to review. However, over the past 8 years our hernia practice has been tracking our patients’ outcomes after surgery through our partnership with the Abdominal Core Health Quality Collaborative (ACHQC) research database. Through our integrated involvement with the ACHQC our practice tracks some of the most important data points that impact patients after their surgery. These include:
- Recurrence rates – or the chance that your hernia will come back after it’s repaired
- Chronic pain after surgery – or the quality of life that you can expect after surgery
- Postoperative infections
- Your expected opioid use during the immediate postoperative period.