Surgeon's skill has 'mind blowing' impact on colon cancer outcomes: study

US findings reveal the effects of a skillful surgeon on survival post-laparoscopic right hemicolectomy is huge

The technical skills of the surgeon have a considerable impact on patient outcomes followings colon cancer surgery, according to a study.

Lead author Dr Karl Bilimoria of Northwestern Medicine in the US says the findings may seem obvious, but it is the first time a surgeon's technical skill has been demonstrated to result in better long-term cancer survival.

"This is pretty mind blowing. The long-term effect is huge. It may seem common sense in some ways, but we didn't realise the magnitude of the effect," Dr Bilimoria said