Study Objective. To assess the cost of four procedures performed to treat primary menorrhagia. Design. Retrospective analysis. Setting. A 394- bed womens' teaching hospital. Patients. Eighty healthy women undergoing one of the four procedures. Interventions. The study patients were equally divided among vaginal hysterectomy (VH), total abdominal hysterectomy (TAH), laparoscopic-assisted vaginal hysterectomy (LAVH), and endometrial ablation (EA). Measurements and Main Results. Endometrial ablation was associated with significantly reduced hospital costs and a shorter recovery period than the other modalities. Hospital costs were less for VH and return to work was quicker after LAVH and VH. This study did not evaluate long-term failures or complications unless they occurred within the first 2 months after the procedure. Conclusion. Among women who could be treated by any of these techniques, VH was significantly more cost effective for the permanent management of primary menorrhagia than LAVH and TAH. The cost efficiency of EA was clearly implied, but further studies must be completed to evaluate the long-term costs associated with treatment failures. Although physicians should not choose a procedure based exclusively on cost, the expense of a less efficient or more costly procedure may affect a hospital's competitiveness in this era of managed care.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Journal of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists|
|State||Published - Nov 1996|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Obstetrics and Gynecology