Question

TAH (n = 41)

TLH (n = 29)

p value^{a}


3.1 No. of days of postoperative hospital stay^{a}

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 postoperative 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

 Data expressed as absolute number (percentage of total group)

TAH total abdominal hysterectomy; TLH total laparoscopic hysterectomy; VAS visual analogue scale

^{a}
p value for difference between the two groups using chi^{2} test for categorical data, independent t test for parametric continuous data and Mann–Whitney U test for nonparametric continuous data

^{b}Median (interquartile range)