The impact of minimally invasive surgical approaches on surgical-site infections

Along with colleagues at UNC Health, the DICON team performed a literature review to describe the risk of surgical-site infection (SSI) in minimally invasive surgery (MIS) compared to standard open surgery. Most studies reported decreased SSI rates among patients undergoing MIS compared to open procedures. However, many were observational studies and may have been affected by selection bias. MIS is associated with reduced risk of surgical-site infection compared to standard open surgery and should be considered when feasible.

Read the full commentary in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology.