Some surgeons are simply better than others, according to new research that links less-skilled weight-loss surgeons to significantly more complications among patients who leave their operating rooms. Analyzing 20 bariatric surgeons who volunteered to have their operating skills rated via video, University of Michigan researchers found that complication rates of surgeons deemed to be low skilled were 14.5 percent, compared with 5.2 percent among high-skilled surgeons. The study used follow-up data involving more than 10,000 patients. "We always knew surgeons who somehow had better outcomes, whose patients appeared to do better, and the question was: Were those folks so gifted or technically skilled that they just did better?" said UTMB’s Dr. Danny Jacobs, who wrote a NEJM commentary accompanying the study. "Like most really good studies, this one raises more questions than it answers," said Jacobs. "It's all pointing to the need to do more studies like this to understand how good surgeons get that way." The HealthDay article appears widely throughout the nation.