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Hysterectomy in Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Weaver F, Hynes D, Goldberg JM, Khuri S, Daley J, Henderson W. Hysterectomy in Veterans Affairs Medical Centers. Obstetrics and gynecology. 2001 Jun 1; 97(6):880-4.

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OBJECTIVE: To examine the indications and surgical morbidity for women veterans who underwent hysterectomies in Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers (VAs). METHODS: Data on hysterectomies performed in VAs from 1991 to 1997 were abstracted from a surgical quality improvement program. RESULTS: Records of 1722 women who had hysterectomies in VAs over 6 years were examined. Women were predominately white (62%) and their average age was 42.5 years. Operations included abdominal (74%), vaginal (22%), and laparoscopic-assisted (4%) methods. The most common indications for surgery included uterine leiomyomas (31%), abnormal uterine bleeding (14%), and endometriosis (11%). Indications differed by race (P < .01); nonwhite women were most likely to have surgery for leiomyoma (51%), whereas white women had hysterectomies for leiomyomas (19%), abnormal bleeding (15%), endometriosis (13%), and genital prolapse (11%). The mean postoperative stay was significantly longer for abdominal hysterectomies (4.51 days) than either vaginal or laparoscopic-assisted hysterectomies (2.92 and 2.21 days, respectively; P < .001). The overall complication rate within 30 days was 9%, and the most frequent complication was urinary tract infection (3.3%). CONCLUSION: Women who underwent hysterectomies in VAs had low complication rates, comparable to hysterectomy complication rates in the United States generally.

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