CORRInsights®: Does Surgeon Experience Impact the Risk of Complications After Bernese Periacetabular Osteotomy?
The Bernese PAO requires an experienced surgeon because the nerves and vessels are in close proximity, and the osteotomy itself must be created and positioned with great precision. More than many procedures, this one calls for skill, dedication, and poise on the part of the surgeon.
Although the results of the current study cannot be generalized in a straightforward manner, it reports that two young surgeons performed the Bernese PAO with a similar frequency of major complications compared to more experienced surgeons (6% with no residual disability 1 year after the operation). The young surgeons required less time for the operation as they increased their number of operations performed, suggesting that experience indeed improved their efficiency.