Does Hospital Volume Affect Outcomes in Patients Undergoing Vestibular Schwannoma Surgery?

Jonathan L. Hatch, Michael J. Bauschard, Shaun A. Nguyen, Paul R. Lambert, Ted A. Meyer, Theodore R. McRackan

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Objective:To determine the effect of hospital surgical case volume on the outcomes of vestibular schwannoma surgery.Study Design:Retrospective case review.Setting:University HealthSystem Consortium member hospitals (includes nearly every US academic medical center).Patients:Three thousand six hundred ninety-seven patients who underwent vestibular schwannoma resection over a 3-year timespan (2012-2015) grouped by race, age, comorbidities, payer, and sex.Intervention:Surgical resection of vestibular schwannoma.Main Outcome Measures:Morbidity and mortality following vestibular schwannoma excision are compared by hospital volume (low, medium, and high) including deciles.Results:There was significantly longer length of stay (p ≤ 0.005) among groups with low-volume hospitals followed by medium-volume hospitals and high-volume hospitals. Low-volume hospitals had a significantly higher rate of complications including stroke, aspiration, and respiratory failure (p ≤ 0.0175). Patient characteristics of age, sex, sex, and baseline comorbidities were similar between hospital groups. However, patients at high-volume hospitals were more likely to be Caucasian (83.1%, p = 0.0001) and have private insurance (76.7%, p < 0.0001). There was a strong negative correlation between complication rates and hospital volume (r =-0.8164, p = 0.0040).Conclusion:The volume of vestibular schwannoma surgeries performed at a hospital impacts length of stay and rates of postoperative complications. Demographics among hospital groups were similar though high-volume hospitals had significantly more patients who were privately insured and Caucasian.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)481-487
Number of pages7
JournalOtology and Neurotology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Acoustic neuroma
  • Clinical effectiveness research
  • Clinical outcomes
  • Database research
  • Surgical volume
  • Vestibular schwannoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Clinical Neurology


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