Systematic Implementation of Laparoscopic Hysterectomy Independent of Uterus Size: Clinical Effect

Stefano Uccella, Antonella Cromi, Giorgio Bogani, Jvan Casarin, Giorgio Formenti, Fabio Ghezzi

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Study Objective: To investigate the effect of uterine weight on the mode of hysterectomy and on perioperative outcomes and to explore how the increasing experience in endoscopic techniques influenced our choice of surgical approach to hysterectomy to treat benign conditions. Design: Retrospective analysis (Canadian Task Force classification II-2). Setting: University-based department of obstetrics and gynecology. Patients: A series of 1518 consecutive women with benign uterine conditions other than pelvic organ prolapse who underwent hysterectomy at our department between January 2000 and December2011. Interventions: Gradual implementation of the laparoscopic approach over years, with the goal of attempting endoscopic hysterectomy whenever possible and irrespective of uterine weight. Comparisons were made on the basis of various approaches to hysterectomy including vaginal hysterectomy (VH), abdominal hysterectomy (AH), and total laparoscopic hysterectomy (TLH) and on uterine weight. Measurements and Main Results: Hysterectomies performed included 568 VH (37.4%), 234 AH (15.4%), and 716 TLH (47.2%). Postoperative complications were lower in the TLH group vs the AH group; no significant difference was observed between the VH vs TLH groups or the AH vs VH groups. A marked reduction in the need for open surgery was noted between 2000 and 2011 (p for trend

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)505-516
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013


  • Abdominal hysterectomy
  • Laparoscopy
  • Large uterus
  • Myoma
  • Total laparoscopic hysterectomy
  • Vaginal hysterectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology


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