Patients undergoing minimally invasive hysterectomy (MIV) often have a more favorable experience compared to those undergoing a conventional abdominal procedure.
MIH has proven to be as effective as abdominal surgery for many pathologies, and benefits the patient and employer with:
- A speedy recovery time
- Shorter length of stay (LOS) in the hospital
- Less pain
- Lower infection rate
- Fewer complications
- Quicker return to normal activities(7,9,10)
Complications, especially those associated with abdominal surgical procedures, impact LOS, treatment costs, recovery time, and patient satisfaction. For example, it has been shown that hospital acquired infections adds $4,528 to the cost of stay and 2.52 days to the length of stay.(11) Shorter LOS reflects effectiveness of symptom management, patient mobilization, and fewer if any complications.
Individuals undergoing MIH are more likely to go back to work activities faster than those having an abdominal procedure for the same condition. It has been shown that the time to return to normal activities was 18 days shorter for laparoscopic hysterectomy and 3.15 days shorter for vaginal hysterectomy when compared to an abdominal procedure.(12)
From an employer point of view, increased disability duration means higher rate of sick leave, disability payments, or even replacement employees; therefore, shorter disability duration will result in decreased costs. In many cases, both vaginal and laparoscopic can be performed in an outpatient setting.(13,14)