Jeffrey S. Falk, MD
Jeffrey S. Falk, MD, a surgical oncologist at the Ascension Saint John Hospital in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, commented on these studies of same-day mastectomy and home recovery programs: “The impetus behind these two significant quality-improvement studies was to allow patients to recover from surgery at home in a comfortable, familiar environment; to achieve cost-savings compared with next-day discharge after mastectomy; and to have more hospital availability for higher-acuity patients.”
“Both studies showed a significant increase in the number of patients discharged on the same day as mastectomy surgery compared with the prestudy baseline,” stated Dr. Falk. “Importantly, same-day discharge patient satisfaction was high. But, as researchers noted, same-day discharge is not for every patient.” ■
DISCLOSURE: Dr. Falk reported no conflicts of interest.
Patients can safely recover from mastectomy at home, according to two studies reported at the 2019 American Society of Breast Surgeons Annual Meeting.1,2 The studies examined outcomes after implementation of comprehensive postmastectomy surgical home recovery programs, showing that they...