Cost-analysis of in-office versus operating room sialendoscopy: Comparison of cost burden and outcomes
American journal of otolaryngology
Outpatient; Parotid; Salivary gland disorder; Sialendoscopy; Sialolith; Sialolithiasis; Submandibular gland
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.
Benito, Daniel A.; Shaver, Timothy Brandon; Cox, Robert; Strum, David P.; Mehta, Varun; Shim, Timothy; Chillakuru, Yeshwant; Badger, Christopher; and Joshi, Arjun S., "Cost-analysis of in-office versus operating room sialendoscopy: Comparison of cost burden and outcomes" (2022). GW Authored Works. Paper 551.