At Massachusetts General Hospital, we believe it's important to provide safe and effective care. The Department of Surgery tracks many performance measures and compares them to national data including:

  • Colectomy Case Volumes
  • Proctectomy Case Volumes
  • Patient Ratings of Colorectal Surgeons
  • Colorectal Length of Stay
  • Colectomy Outcomes
  • Protectomy Outcomes
  • Colorectal Outcomes

Colectomy Case Volumes

Higher volumes mean more experience. Mass General performs a large number of colectomies per year.

Hospitals that perform higher numbers of colectomy procedures have better outcomes. Mass General performs a high number of colectomy procedures when compared to the national average of hospitals performing the procedure.

Source: Mass General and Viziant, formerly University HealthSystem Consortium
Data period: January - December 2017

Proctectomy Case Volumes

Higher volumes mean more experience. Mass General's proctectomy case volumes greatly exceeded the recommended minimum standard of 15 cases per year.

Hospitals that perform higher numbers of proctectomy procedures have better outcomes. Mass General performs a large number of proctectomy procedures when compared to the national average of hospitals performing the procedure.

Source: Mass General and Viziant, formerly University HealthSystem Consortium
Data period: January - December 2017

Patient Ratings of Colorectal Surgeons

Higher percentages are better. Patients give very high ratings to Mass General colorectal surgeons.

Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems surveys ask patients to report on and evaluate their experiences with health care. In recent ratings, our surgeons have rated higher than national average, compared to national patient ratings of all doctors.

Source: Quality Data Management (QDM) CAHPS Clinician and Groups Patient Survey
Data period: January - December 2017

Colorectal Length of Stay

Lower percentages are better. Mass General's outcomes are primarily exemplary, given the high number of very ill and extremely complex patients we serve, as compared to the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS-NSQIP) norms.

Shorter stays at Mass General result from more efficient care and fewer complications. When compared to national norms, there are fewer patients with hospital stays greater than 7 days at Mass General.

Source: ACS-NSQIP Database
Data period: January - December 2017

   ★ Performance is statistically better than the benchmark
= Performance is statistically similar to the benchmark
   ▼ Performance is statistically worse than the benchmark

Colectomy Outcomes

Lower percentages are better. Mass General's colectomy outcomes are exemplary in two measures of surgical quality compared to the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS-NSQIP) norms.

At Mass General, patient safety is a priority. Our rates of complications from the colectomy procedure are relatively low.

Source: ACS-NSQIP Database
Mortality [death] includes: Discharge and 30-day mortality
Data period: January - December 2017
*Anastomotic Leak: A breakdown where the intestine is surgically reconnected, which causes fluids to leak
**Prolonged NPQ/NGT Use: A prolonged period of time until a patient can resume normal diet

   ★ Performance is statistically better than the benchmark
= Performance is statistically similar to the benchmark
   ▼ Performance is statistically worse than the benchmark

Protectomy Outcomes

Lower percentages are better. Our protectomy outcomes are comparable to the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS-NSQIP) norms.

At Mass General, patient safety is a priority. Our rates of complications from the proctectomy procedure are relatively low.

Source: ACS-NSQIP Database
Mortality [death] includes: Discharge and 30-day mortality
Data period: January - December 2017

Colorectal Outcomes

Lower percentages are better. Mass General's colorectal outcomes are comparable to the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS-NSQIP) norms.

At Mass General, patient safety is a priority. Our rates of complications from the colectomy procedure are relatively low.

Source: ACS-NSQIP Database
Mortality [death] includes: Discharge and 30-day mortality
Data period: January - December 2017