PURPOSE: This study was designed to document the operative colorectal experience of members and fellows of The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.
METHODS: A mail survey of 900 members and fellows of The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons was conducted.
RESULTS: One hundred eighty questionnaires (20 percent) were returned; however, 25 respondents had retired or lacked accurate operative data. The remaining 155 surgeons averaged 49 (range, 35-83) years in age and had been in practice an average of 14.7 (range, 2-51) years. The respondents performed a median of 135 and a mean of 177 anorectal procedures per year (range, 20-1,471) and a median of 67 and a mean of 79 abdominal colorectal procedures (range, 6-443). Operative hemorrhoidectomy was the most common anorectal procedure (median, 25; mean, 47/year), while partial colectomy was the most common abdominal procedure (median, 18; mean, 26). The number of anorectal procedures correlated directly with the respondents' time in practice, and the number of abdominal procedures peaked between the tenth and fifteenth years.
CONCLUSION: Despite the limitations associated with this type of study, the information is useful in assessing practice patterns and experience level.
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