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Table 1 Baseline patients’ characteristics and surgical parameters

From: Gynaecologists estimate and experience laparoscopic hysterectomy as more difficult compared with abdominal hysterectomy

  AH (n = 35) LH (n = 37) p
Age (years) 48.1 ± 9.5 50.0 ± 9.2 0.208
Parity 1.5 ± 1.3 1.9 ± 1.2 0.137
BMI (kg/m2) 26.4 ± 3.9 26.7 ± 5.8 0.774
Uterine size (weeks) 9.2 ± 4.2 9.7 ± 5.2 0.875
Estimated difficultya 3.0 ± 1.6 4.3 ± 2.4 0.023
Experienced difficultya 3.4 ± 2.2 4.8 ± 2.5 0.018
Surgery time (min) 82 ± 32 121 ± 31 <0.01
Blood loss (ml) 402 ± 299 204 ± 172 <0.01
  1. Data are presented as mean ± standard deviation
  2. AH abdominal hysterectomy, LH laparoscopic hysterectomy
  3. aEstimated and experienced difficulty rated on a 0–10 Visual Analogue Scale, where a higher score denotes a higher difficulty level