A report on the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) outcomes initiative: What have we learned and what is its potential?

L. Khaitan, K. Apelgren, J. Hunter, L. W. Traverso

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Introduction: The Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) Outcomes Initiative established a national database in 1999. The goal was to provide a vehicle whereby surgeons could accumulate meaningful data about their surgical activity and procedure outcomes. Methods: Through a secure Internet site, participants entered core data at the time of operation on all patients undergoing any laparoscopic or open procedure. Procedure-specific data was accumulated for cholecystectomy, inguinal hernia, and fundoplication. A second data set was collected at the time of follow-up evaluation. Individual data and a summary of national data were available through the Web site for contemporaneous review. Results: Between May 1999 and December 2001, 4,100 cases were entered by 73 surgeons, including data for 1070 cholecystectomies, 1,070 antireflux procedures, and 300 hernias. The remaining cases encompassed all other procedures. Perioperative and follow-up data showed many interesting findings. For example, 30% of cholecystectomies were first-assisted by a nonphysician. The rate of conversion from laparoscopic cholecystectomy to open surgery was 3%. In the gastroesophageal reflex disease (GERD) report on fundoplications, 21% of the patients had a previous fundoplication. This report contains a summary of the data collected during this period in the national database. Conclusions: The SAGES Outcomes Initiative allows surgeons to be involved in data collection about their practice. It provides data on the general practice of surgery, which are more useful for setting benchmarks than published data from the surgical elite.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)365-370
Number of pages6
JournalSurgical Endoscopy and Other Interventional Techniques
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2003



  • SAGES database
  • Surgical outcomes

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  • Surgery

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