Title

Cost-analysis of in-office versus operating room sialendoscopy: Comparison of cost burden and outcomes

Authors

Daniel A. Benito, Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences, Washington, DC, United States of America. Electronic address: dbenito@gwu.edu.
Timothy Brandon Shaver, Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences, Washington, DC, United States of America.
Robert Cox, Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences, Washington, DC, United States of America.
David P. Strum, Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences, Washington, DC, United States of America.
Varun Mehta, Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences, Washington, DC, United States of America.
Timothy Shim, Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences, Washington, DC, United States of America.
Yeshwant Chillakuru, Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences, Washington, DC, United States of America.
Christopher Badger, Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences, Washington, DC, United States of America.
Arjun S. Joshi, Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences, Washington, DC, United States of America.

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

3-23-2022

Journal

American journal of otolaryngology

Volume

43

Issue

3

DOI

10.1016/j.amjoto.2022.103424

Keywords

Outpatient; Parotid; Salivary gland disorder; Sialendoscopy; Sialolith; Sialolithiasis; Submandibular gland

Abstract

PURPOSE: Office-based procedures in otolaryngology are increasingly utilized to increase efficiency, reduce cost, and eliminate risks associated with surgery. Gland-preserving surgical management of sialadenitis and sialolithiasis are often performed in the operating room, although many surgeons are moving this practice to clinic. We aim to determine the difference in patient charges and perioperative outcomes for salivary gland procedures performed in the clinic versus the OR. METHODS: Retrospective series of patients presenting with sialolithiasis, acute or chronic sialadenitis, and stricture between 2010 and 2019. Demographics, perioperative variables, setting, and charge data were collected. RESULTS: 528 patients underwent operative intervention (n = 427 office, n = 101 OR). Cohort demographics were comparable. Sialolithiasis was the most common presenting diagnosis in both cohorts. Both cohorts had similar rates of complete (p = 0.09) and partial (p = 0.97) response to treatment. A higher percentage of patients in the OR group reported no improvement (21.4 vs 12.2%, p = 0.034). Overall complications were similar (p = 0.582). Mean charges were statistically greater in the OR ($5560.35 OR vs $1298.33 office, p < 0.001). Operative time was significantly reduced in the office group (21.8 min vs 60.85 min, p < 0.001). CONCLUSIONS: Appropriately selected patients can be successfully treated in outpatient clinic without compromising patient safety or quality while significantly reducing the financial burden to patients and the healthcare system.

Department

Surgery

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