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High Cost of Re-operation after Breast-Conserving Surgery

A small number of women require re-operation after breast-conserving surgery (BCS) for breast cancer, if the surgical margins are not free from cancer. A new BJS (British Journal of Surgery) analysis reveals the expense of re-operation. If re-operation rates can be minimized, there may be considerable efficiency savings.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 12:01 am EST

A small number of women require re-operation after breast-conserving surgery (BCS) for breast cancer, if the surgical margins are not free from cancer.

A new BJS (British Journal of Surgery) analysis reveals the expense of re-operation. If re-operation rates can be minimized, there may be considerable efficiency savings.

Using data from relevant published studies, the authors found the median hospital costs of women who needed re-operation were £4,511, £2,136 more than in women whose surgical margins were clear.

If these cost estimates are applied nationally, they provide compelling encouragement to seek interventions to minimize re-operation after BCS, which would reduce associated costs.

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Link to Study: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/bjs.11050 

About Journal 

BJS is published on behalf of the BJS Society Ltd by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. The Journal’s influence and standing has grown over the years through the ownership of its registered charity, the BJS Society. The Society’s objectives are to advance and improve education in surgery and to diffuse knowledge on new and improved methods of teaching and practising surgery in all its branches. It does this primarily through the promotion of the Journal but it has also developed strategic European partnerships. The BJS Council of Management is drawn mainly from these partner surgical associations whose relationship has increased the Journal profile and broadened its attraction globally. The Council is proud of the quality of the journal, the content of which is further enhanced by a hands-on approach by its editorial team in improving submitted manuscripts and the journal content.

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