Suara.com – The gender of the surgeon who treated the patient was found to have a role in recovery after surgery. This is evidenced by a study published last December 2021 in JAMA Surgery.
In the study, researchers found that 50% of women who were operated on by male surgeons experienced poor health within 30 days postoperatively.
Poor health refers to the patient experiencing complications, re-hospitalization, or death, report Times of India.
“Not surprisingly, the vast majority of surgeons and sex-incompatible patients were male surgeons and female patients,” explained the study investigators.
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The study analyzed data on 1.3 million adults and more than 3000 surgeons who underwent procedures, such as knee and hip replacement surgery and spine surgery.
A similar observation was found by a 2017 study.
“Patients treated by female surgeons experienced a small but significant reduction in risk of death and similar surgical outcomes at 30 days than those treated by male surgeons.”
The nature of each surgeon is a possible cause.
The occurrence of poor outcomes in male and female patients when operated by female surgeons was 4% and 7%, respectively. While in the case of male surgeons the incidence was more than 39% in both sexes of patients.
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In addition, there are several studies that show that female medical staff tend to treat patients better than male staff.