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Table 1 Patient details and entry characteristics

From: Laparoscopic entry—the experience of a range of gynaecological surgeons

Descriptive item Number Percentage
Number of women in study 586 NA
Indication for laparoscopy
  Diagnostic 158/570 27.7
  Treatment 412/570 72.3
Median patient age in years (range) 36 (14–90) NA
Median patient weight in kilogram (range) 67 (29–150) NA
Previous abdominal surgery 320/584 54.8
  Laparoscopy 220/581 37.9
  Laparotomy 179/584 30.6
  Midline laparotomy 35/579 6.0
Number of closed (Veres) entries 553/586 94.4
Number of open (Hasson) entries 38/586 6.5
  Primary Hasson entry 28/586 4.8
  Hasson entry after Veres entry 10/586 1.7
Optical trocar use 25/586 4.3
High-pressure entry (>/+20 mmHg, Veres entry only) 486/511 95.1
Surgeon level
  Consultant 280/583 48.0
  Senior registrar 178/583 30.5
  Registrar 127/583 21.8
  RMO (SHO) 9/583 1.5
  Consultant and other doctor 11/583 1.9
Patient position at entry
  Flat 479/560 85.5
  Trendelenburg 81/560 14.5
Umbilical skin incision
  Longitudinal 526/582 90.4
  Transverse 56/582 9.6
Veres needle insertion point
  Sub-umbilical 503/557 90.3
  Palmer’s point 25/557 4.5
  Suprapubic 35/557 6.2