Background: Risk factors for hospital readmission after cytoreductive surgery (CRS) and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) are poorly understood.
Methods: The American College of Surgeons-National Surgical Quality Improvement Program databases from 2011 to 2016 were used to identify all patients who underwent CRS-HIPEC. Demographic, clinical, and perioperative variables were examined using logistic regression to identify factors associated with 30-d postoperative readmission.
Results: Among 618 patients who underwent CRS-HIPEC, 96 (15.5%) required hospital readmission within 30 d of surgery. The incidence of readmission decreased over the study period (18.3% in 2011 to 4.8% in 2016). Among the 59 patients who were readmitted and had complete data available, readmission occurred on mean postoperative day 18.5 ± 5.5; the most common reasons for readmission were digestive complications (39.0%), postoperative infections (25.4%), uncontrolled pain (8.5%), and venous thromboembolism (5.1%). On multivariate logistic regression analysis, increasing age (OR 1.02, 95% CI 1.00-1.05), number of operative procedures (OR 1.12, 95% CI 1.00-1.25), perioperative complication (OR 7.06, 95% CI 3.96-12.59), need for reoperation (OR 10.21, 95% CI 3.50-29.83), and length of stay (OR 0.93, 0.90-0.97) were associated with hospital readmission.
Conclusions: In this population-based analysis of patients undergoing CRS-HIPEC, older age, perioperative complications, need for reoperation, and extent of cytoreduction were associated with hospital readmission. The American College of Surgeons-National Surgical Quality Improvement Program database is a powerful research tool that can be used to identify opportunities to improve the perioperative care of surgical patients.
Keywords: Carcinomatosis; HIPEC; Outcomes; Peritoneal surface malignancy; Reoperation.
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