Quality Scorecard: Vascular Surgery
Varicose Vein Surgery Volumes and Patient-Reported Outcome
PAMF’s Vascular Center offers surgical treatments for varicose veins when they cause health problems such as leg swelling and pain, heaviness and blood clots. Since 2015, our Vascular Center has been accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission’s (IAC) Vein Center for our high-quality patient care.
PAMF’s Vascular Center offers all the top, state-of-the-art vein procedures, including:
All varicose vein surgery at our Vascular Center is performed by Tej Singh, M.D., MBA, chief of Vascular Surgery and director of the Vascular Center, together with Corito Tolentino, M.D., vascular and interventional radiologist, and Erin Labmeier, FNP, nurse practitioner.
In 2015, 175 varicose vein surgeries were performed at the Vascular Center. Adding sclerotherapy, a minimally invasive treatment for spider veins, as a procedure option in 2010, has significantly boosted surgery volumes.
Patient Reported Outcomes: Why Does This Matter?
The most important reason to choose varicose vein surgery is to eliminate painful symptoms and improve quality of life. To ensure we are meeting these important goals for our patients, we ask them to take an evidence-based survey six weeks before and six weeks after surgery to provide their honest feedback. The survey focuses on whether the surgery has helped improve symptoms and quality of life and enabled patients return to the activities they love.
Although there are currently no comparable national benchmarks available on patient reported outcomes for varicose vein surgery, we are tracking this data because we are committed to providing the highest quality care to ensure the best outcomes for our patients.
We began tracking patient reported outcomes data in 2015. Based on the longstanding experience of our varicose vein specialists, we set an internal quality target that our patients would experience a 25 percent increase in improvement of their symptoms and well-being, six weeks after surgery.
At the end of 2015, 31 percent of our patients completed both surveys. They reported that their symptoms and well-being had improved by almost 40 percent, six weeks after surgery. This far exceeds our internal target and illustrates the excellent quality of our care. Our quarterly outcomes reports in 2015 show a steady increase in patients reporting improvement of symptoms after surgery, with this positive trend continuing in 2016.