I'm sure you've read that one should always ask their surgeon how many of the suggested procedure that surgeon has done.
US News & World Report has presented an article regarding a study of surgical outcomes for those needing liver surgery and to a lesser extend IBD surgery. Some of the findings were:
A University of Michigan Medical School study that examined patient outcomes after liver resection found that death rates were lower when operations were performed by high-volume surgeons at high volume centers. There was no improved survival associated with high-volume centers or high-volume surgeons alone.
A second study found that hospitals with a high annual volume of patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) had lower death rates among IBD patients who had surgery and had shorter post-surgery stays for patients with Crohn's disease.
Despite caring for patients with more severe disease, these high-volume hospitals didn't have longer patient stays or higher costs, said the Medical College of Wisconsin researchers who analyzed data on more than 140,000 patient discharges.
Hospitals that handled more than 151 IBD patients a year were classified as high-volume ...
A similar article elsewhere stated that the results suggest a possible role for designated centers for the care of complex, hospitalized IBD patients. However, the first step is to further study what hospitals with good outcomes are doing differently and see how they can be applied to all hospitals.
Information is starting to become available regarding presentations at DDW 2008. (Digestive Disease Week 2008).