Female surgeons have demonstrated better outcomes in elective and acute care cholecystectomies, a common surgical procedure, compared to their male counterparts, as per a study published in JAMA Surgery. However, they also had longer operating times. The research, which utilized data from the Swedish National Registry of Gallstone Surgery, encompassed 150,509 patients who underwent the procedure between January 2006 and December 2019.
The findings revealed that male surgeons encountered more surgical complications, including bleeding, visceral perforation, bile duct injury, and postoperative bile leakage. Additionally, their patients had longer hospital stays. In contrast, female surgeons had longer operating durations for both elective and acute care cholecystectomies. My Blohm, MD, from the Karolinska Institute, emphasized the importance of recognizing gender differences in surgical outcomes and promoting gender equity within the surgical specialty.