Total abdominal hysterectomy: A randomized study comparing two techniques

V. De Leo, P. De Palma, A. Ditto, V. Bifernino, B. Molinari, A. La Marca, G. Morgante

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Background: Abdominal hysterectomy is the most frequent operation performed by gynecologists. The most commonly used techniques are intrafascial, extrafascial and supracervical hysterectomy; in our department we mainly use the first method. A variant of this technique, because during the operation we use only an Allis clamp, simplifies the operation and maintains certain anatomical relationships between neighbouring pelvic structures. Methods: To compare two different surgical techniques between 1/1/1991 and 31/12/95, 262 women were randomized pre-operatively: 133 by the intrafascial technique of Richardson and 129 by the variant hysterectomy technique. The difference between the two techniques (Richardson versus variant hysterectomy technique), as performed in our department, was investigated regarding the clamping of uterine vessels, the resection of uterosacral and cardinal ligament. The two-tailed student test was used for continuous data and χ2 analysis for discrete data. Results: Less blood loss occurred in the variant than in the Richardson group (P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-145
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1999


  • Abdominal hysterectomy
  • Surgical techniques
  • Urinary function
  • Uterine fibromyomatosis
  • Vaginal vault prolapse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Reproductive Medicine


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