(Reuters Health) – When it comes to common gastrointestinal operations, such as weight loss surgery, a U.S. hospital’s ranking may not equate with better outcomes, a new study suggests.
For patients undergoing several common minimally-invasive abdominal surgeries, rates of death and serious complications at hospitals ranked high in the U.S. News and World Report annual “top 50” list for this specialty were no better than at non-ranked hospitals, according to the study published in JAMA Surgery.
The findings don’t necessarily apply to all hospitals, since all of those included in the analysis were affiliated with medical schools.
Still, the study does show that you don’t need to worry if you can’t go to one of the top-ranked hospitals for your surgery, said study coauthor Dr. Ninh Nguyen, a professor of surgery and chair of the department of surgery at the University of California Irvine Medical Center.
“Just because a hospital is on U.S. News and World Report’s…
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