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Table 4 Secondary outcome measures between the two groups

From: The well-being of women following total laparoscopic hysterectomy versus total abdominal hysterectomy for endometrial cancer

Question TAH (n = 41) TLH (n = 29) p valuea
3.1 No. of days of post-operative hospital staya 4 (4–5) 2 (2–3) 0.000*
3.2 Duration of time taken to return to normal activities after operation (weeks) 0–2 0 (0) 2 (6.9) 0.019*
2–4 2 (4.9) 4 (13.8)
4–6 5 (12.2) 10 (34.5)
6–8 12 (29.3) 8 (27.6)
8–10 8 (19.5) 2 (6.9)
10–12 4 (9.8) 2 (6.9)
12 or more 10 (24.4) 1 (3.4)
3.3 Satisfaction with appearance of scar Very satisfied 26 (63.4) 27 (93.1) 0.039*
Fairly satisfied 12 (29.3) 2 (6.9)
A little unhappy 2 (4.9) 0 (0)
Very unhappy 1 (2.4) 0 (0)
4.1 VAS score for severity of post-operative pain (mm)b 0–24 h 28 (8–75) 25 (8–54) 0.582
24–48 h 26 (8.25–63.0) 25.3 (2–47) 0.252
2 days–1 week 22.5 (5.3–53.0) 6 (1–41) 0.085
1–4 weeks 9 (1–33.5) 5 (1–21) 0.404
>4 weeks 3 (1–12) 2 (1–5) 0.646
  1. Data expressed as absolute number (percentage of total group)
  2. TAH total abdominal hysterectomy; TLH total laparoscopic hysterectomy; VAS visual analogue scale
  3. a p value for difference between the two groups using chi2 test for categorical data, independent t test for parametric continuous data and Mann–Whitney U test for non-parametric continuous data
  4. bMedian (inter-quartile range)