Abdominal Wall Surgery

How Reimbursement Systems Can Change Surgical Evolution

  • Dalila Patrizia Greco
  • Elio Borgonovi

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Elio Borgonovi, Dalila Patrizia Greco
    Pages 1-6
  3. Abdominal Wall

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Cesare Stabilini, Ezio Gianetta
      Pages 9-20
    3. Pier Luigi Ipponi, Diego Cuccurullo
      Pages 21-35
    4. Francesco Gossetti, Linda D’Amore, Francesca Ceci, Lucia Bambi, Elena Annesi, Paolo Negro
      Pages 37-41
    5. Dalila Patrizia Greco, Claudia Abbati
      Pages 51-61
    6. Dalila Patrizia Greco, Claudia Abbati
      Pages 63-69
    7. Cesare Stabilini, Linda D’Amore, Elena Annesi, Lucia Bambi, Paolo Negro, Francesco Gossetti
      Pages 71-83
  4. Economics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-85
    2. Cristiano Sgrazzutti, Ilaria Vicentin, Alessandra Coppola, Angelo Vanzulli
      Pages 105-116
    3. Paolo Notaro, Paolo Bocchi, Nicola Ladiana, Claudia Abbati
      Pages 117-126
    4. Massimo Puoti, Dalila Patrizia Greco, Marco Merli, Claudia Abbati
      Pages 127-139
  5. Outcomes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 167-167
    2. Graziano Pernazza, Enrico Pernazza
      Pages 169-182
    3. Umberto Bracale, Giovanni Merola, Cesare Stabilini, Maurizio Sodo, Giuseppe Cavallaro
      Pages 183-190
    4. Valentina Beretta, Michele Tringali, Antonio Marioni
      Pages 191-198
  6. Future Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 199-199
    2. Diego Orlando Freri
      Pages 201-206
    3. Giampiero Campanelli, Piero Giovanni Bruni, Marta Cavalli, Francesca Martina Lombardo
      Pages 207-212
  7. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 229-229
    2. Elio Borgonovi, Dalila Patrizia Greco
      Pages 231-235

About this book


This book presents different patient-oriented perspectives from surgeons, economic evaluation and management researchers, and business companies active in the healthcare sector, striking a balance between the appropriateness/effectiveness of treatment and efficiency/cost. It does not include technical surgical details, but instead provides the necessary knowledge regarding different groups of patients to help economic and management researchers make accurate evaluations.

Although partially based on the specific case of abdominal wall surgery in the Italian health system, the book defines a model that can, with the necessary adaptations, be applied in other national contexts. It also analyzes different reimbursement systems and methods of data collection. This approach supports the evolution form evidence-based medicine (EBM) to the future of real-world data (big data analysis). Further, it highlights the critical issue of “silos” reimbursement, which is the pillar of DRG, and proposes methodology to evaluate the direct and indirect benefit and costs of surgery (for example quality of care, costs incurred in cases of surgical complications due to the use of inappropriate, low-cost material or due to surgical procedure.

It is a valuable resource for clinicians, surgeons, policymakers and managers in the field.


Surgery Health economics Cost benefit analysis Health policies Hernia Big data Reimbursement system

Editors and affiliations

  • Dalila Patrizia Greco
    • 1
  • Elio Borgonovi
    • 2
  1. 1.Day&Week Surgery UnitOspedale Niguarda Ca’ GrandaMilanoItaly
  2. 2.Department of Social and Political SciencesBocconi UniversityMilanoItaly

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-02425-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-02426-0
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Health & Hospitals