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Comparison of hysterectomy techniques and cost-benefit analysis

, : Comparison of hysterectomy techniques and cost-benefit analysis. Bailliere's Clinical Obstetrics and Gynaecology 11(1): 137-148

There are an increasing number of approaches to the surgical removal of the uterus; each of these has clinical advantages and disadvantages. This paper outlines the various forms of laparoscopic hysterectomy currently undertaken and attempts to compare outcome measures and complications with these new approaches. In general laparoscopically-assisted vaginal hysterectomy appears to be associated with longer operating time but less post-operative pain and a shorter convalescent period than both abdominal and vaginal hysterectomy. Economic evaluation is dependent on local factors and upon the type of technique adopted. The use of disposable instrumentation profoundly influences the costs. Laparoscopically-assisted vaginal hysterectomy can be performed for similar or less total costs than conventional surgery providing techniques using re-usable equipment are employed. The place of the laparoscope in facilitating hysterectomy is not yet defined. Techniques are continuing to evolve. The debate now appears to be how laparoscopic and vaginal surgical skills can be best combined to ensure the best possible patient outcome.


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