Patient Satisfaction and Quality of Life Following Surgery for Hidradenitis Suppurativa

John J. Kohorst, Christian L. Baum, Clark C. Otley, Randall K. Roenigk, John H. Pemberton, Eric J. Dozois, Nho V. Tran, Mark D.P. Davis

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Abstract

BACKGROUND Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a progressive, recurrent inflammatory disorder. OBJECTIVE To assess long-term satisfaction and postoperative perceptions among patients who underwent surgical management of HS. MATERIALS AND METHODS A questionnaire was mailed to 499 HS surgical patients to assess surgical outcome, satisfaction, and quality of life. RESULTS Of the 499 questionnaires mailed, 113 were returned (22.6% response rate) and 2 were excluded for redundancy. Of the 111 respondents, 65 (58.6%) were female, 91 (82.0%) had Hurley Stage III disease, 88 (79.3%) were treated with excision and 23 (20.7%) with unroofing, 45 (40.5%) had perianal or perineal disease, and 41 (36.9%) had axillary disease. Most patients were satisfied or very satisfied with their surgical results (84.7%; 94 of 111), were glad they underwent surgery (96.3%; 105 of 109), and would recommend surgery to a friend or relative (82.6%; 90 of 109). Most patients were satisfied or very satisfied with the appearance of their healed wound (62.4%; 68 of 109). Retrospective mean quality of life increased significantly from 5 preoperatively to 8.4 postoperatively (p <.001). CONCLUSION Hidradenitis suppurativa surgical management was well regarded by patients and should be considered by future patients to limit the morbidity of HS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)125-133
Number of pages9
JournalDermatologic Surgery
Volume43
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Dermatology

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    Kohorst, J. J., Baum, C. L., Otley, C. C., Roenigk, R. K., Pemberton, J. H., Dozois, E. J., Tran, N. V., & Davis, M. D. P. (2017). Patient Satisfaction and Quality of Life Following Surgery for Hidradenitis Suppurativa. Dermatologic Surgery, 43(1), 125-133. https://doi.org/10.1097/DSS.0000000000000942