Perioperative optimization and profitability (POP) in a high-volume bariatric surgery center

Lærke Alstrup, Katrine Stryhn, Claus Riber, Rakin Hadad, Jan Hvistendahl, Carsten Tollund, Steen B Haugaard, Peter Funch-Jensen


BACKGROUND: Currently, bariatric surgery is the most effective long-term treatment of obesity. Sleeve gastrectomy (SG) and Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) are the primary types of bariatric surgery performed worldwide. To minimize the risks of surgical complications and optimize cost-effectiveness, it is essential to develop fast-track protocols and patient logistics. At Aleris Hospitals in Denmark, a fast-track methodology in bariatric surgery has been implemented and continuously optimized over the last 15 years. The main objective was to demonstrate timelines recorded during one consecutive year in a fast-track, high-volume bariatric surgery setting after logistic optimization.

METHODS: This study included 949 consecutive patients who had undergone primary bariatric surgery in 2021. The primary outcomes were length of hospital stay and perioperative timeline recordings that were prospectively collected. The secondary outcomes were mortality, complication rates, and weight loss data.

RESULTS: The vast majority of our patients (99.1%) were discharged from the hospital within the day after surgery. The median total surgery time was 30 min, after 12 min of patient preparation and with a turnover time between patients of seven min. The median knife-to-knife time in one operating room was 56 min. Mortality was zero, 30-day reoperation rate was 1.2%, and 30-day readmission rate was 0.8%. SG and RYGB patients had an excess weight loss after four months of 45.6% and 57.9%, respectively.

CONCLUSION: Implementation of fast-track principles in the clinical practice of bariatric surgery allows for an optimized, cost-effective surgical organization supporting the quality of procedures and patient safety.

TidsskriftSurgical Endoscopy
Udgave nummer10
Sider (fra-til)7634-7641
Antal sider8
StatusUdgivet - okt. 2023


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