AB035. SOH21AS179. Communication of minor surgery results in the COVID-19 era
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AB035. SOH21AS179. Communication of minor surgery results in the COVID-19 era

Radha Senaratne, Máire-Caitlín Casey, Jack Kelly

Department of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Galway University Hospital, Galway, Ireland

Background: Over 1,500 minor elective plastic surgery procedures are performed in our institution each year, with a large number of patients returning to clinic for histology results. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to examine how we currently review our post-operative patients in clinic and how we could potentially improve this based on patient preference.

Methods: A retrospective analysis was conducted on patients undergoing elective minor-surgical procedures between 01st–30th September 2020. Concurrently, a questionnaire was conducted on 100 minor-surgery patients, assessing follow-up preference and impact of histology and COVID-19.

Results: One hundred and seventeen patients underwent minor surgery during this period. Average age was 58 years (range, 12–93 years) with male-to-female ratio of 1.25:1. Malignant lesions were excised in 45% (n=53), with the remainder benign. Eighty-nine percent of patients had primary closure with 11% (n=13) reconstructed; 31% (n=4) FTSG, 69% (n=9) local flap. Seventy-three percent (n=85) received histology through their general practitioner (GP) with the remainder returning to the clinic. The primary indication for clinic follow-up was requirement of further surgery (n=10), surveillance and graft review. Regarding the questionnaire, average age was 51 years (range, 17–89 years), with slight female predominance (54%). In all cases, patients preferred to receive results from their GP rather than hospital doctor, whether benign or malignant and where further surgery was required (45%, 58% and 44% respectively). COVID-19 did not impact on the majority of patient choices (66%).

Conclusions: Our study shows the majority of patients prefer to receive their minor-surgery results from their GP, even in cases of malignancy. This has the potential to reduce the number of patients returning to the clinic, streamlining follow-up and improving clinic efficiency.

Keywords: COVID-19; follow-up; histology; minor-surgery; outpatients


Funding: None.


Conflicts of Interest: The authors have no conflicts of interest to declare.

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doi: 10.21037/map-21-ab035
Cite this abstract as: Senaratne R, Casey MC, Kelly J. SOH21AS179. Communication of minor surgery results in the COVID-19 era. Mesentery Peritoneum 2021;5:AB035.

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