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Table 2 Average use of resources needed for bipolar ablation and thermal balloon ablation

From: Thermal endometrial ablation in dysfunctional uterine bleeding: an economic comparison of bipolar ablation and balloon ablation

  Unit price (Euro) Bipolar group (n = 83) Costs for bipolar group (Euro) Balloon group (n = 43) Costs for balloon group (Euro)
Duration of surgical procedure (min)   8.9a   14.4a  
Duration of theatre time 8.7 min−1 30.9a 259.4 36.4a 319.2
Cost of gynaecologist    98   98
Device (hardware) 15,000/8000   60   32
Device (disposable) 850/735 86b 880.7 44b 752.1
Day care 302 83b 302 43b 302
Admission to hospital 143 1b 1.4 1b 3.3
Outpatient visits 29 1.24 36.0 1.33 38.4
Direct costs    1638   1545
Data from questionnaire   (n=52)   (n=31)  
Sanitary towels 5.0 per month 34 (66%) 19.7 28 (90%) 33.5
Lost labour procedure (mean number of days) 64 1.0 63.9 1.2 78.0
Lost labour outpatient visit 20 1.24 24.8 1.33 26.5
Visits to general practitioner 23 0.57 13.3 0.73 16.7
Domiciliary care from family/friends 15 6.88c 103.2 4.94c 74.1
Indirect costs    225   229
Total costs    1862   1774
Hysterectomy 3000 4b 144 4b 279
    2006   2053
  1. a Operation time in minutes b Absolute numbers c Price per day professional domiciliary care d Including €10 transportation costs. Values are mean numbers unless stated otherwise