What impact do parotidectomies have on postoperative complications compared to inpatient procedures?
Outpatient parotidectomies are associated with similar as well as decreased complication rates as compared with inpatient parotidectomies.
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Background: More than 90% of procedures of the ear, nose, mouth, or pharynx, were reported to the American Hospital Association as same-day procedures. However, strict criteria for patient selection and discharge are imperative due to the risk of procedure-specific adverse events, cardiac and pulmonary compromise, and other postoperative complications, and literature establishing outpatient parotidectomy safety is insufficient.
Study design: Retrospective analysis of parotidectomies 4,368 superficial or total parotidectomies performed between 2005 and 2014 (1,453 inpatient, 2,915 outpatient).