Surgeon’s Gender Affects Patient’s Postoperative Health Outcome – 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.

Operation illustration.  (Pixabay)
Operation illustration. (Pixabay)

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.