May 20, 2011 (Washington, DC) — Adhesions from previous Caesarean deliveries severe enough to require adhesiolysis during repeat Caesarean delivery have clinical and economic implications, according to a retrospective review of a large database with discharge data from 60 hospitals in the United States. The data were reported here at the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists 59th Annual Clinical Meeting.
The matched cohort study found that for patients who required adhesiolysis, the cost per patient was $300 more, operative length was longer, hospital stay was longer, and postoperative complications were more frequent.
"Adhesions are a significant complication of surgery. C-sections are increasingly common in the United States, and anywhere from 30% to 50% of patients have adhesions," explained Michael Broder, MD, from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine. He estimated that treating complications of adhesions related to Caesarean deliveries that are severe enough for adhesiolysis costs $25 million to $30 million per year.
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