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Table 3 Patient characteristics and procedure data (N = 107; 91 Leiden University Medical Center and 16 Bronovo hospital)

From: A new approach to simplify surgical colpotomy in laparoscopic hysterectomy

   Mean SD p value
Age (years)   49.4 10.6  
BMI (kg/m2)   27.4 7.0  
Paritya   2 1.4  
   Number (%)   
Previous operations None 66 (62)   
One or more abdominal surgeries 41 (38)   
Indication for operation Abnormal bleeding and / or uterine leiomyoma 68 (64)   
(pre-)malignancy 37 (35)   
Otherb 2 (2)   
Total operating time (min)   116.4 35.3  
Colpotomy time (min)   17.9 7.8  
TOT minus CT (min)   98.5 31.5  
Uterine weight (g)   242.8 175.0  
Estimated blood loss (ml)   142.5 194.7  
Complications (total and %) Peri-operative lesionsc 1 (1 %)   
Post-operative infectiond 6 (6 %)   
Othere 9 (9 %)   
Colpotomy-total OR time (%)   16 5  
Colpotomy time No complications occurred (N = 91) 18.0 8.1  
A complication occurred (N = 15) 17.9 6.0 1.0
Colpotomy time No previous abdominal surgery 17.6 7.3 .6
With previous abdominal surgery 18.4 8.6
  1. BMI body mass index
  2. aMedian
  3. b1 endometritis and salpingitis, 1 abdominal pain
  4. c1 bladder injury
  5. d5 urinary tract infections, 1 pneumonia
  6. e1 ileus, 1 urinary retention, 1 re-admittance for unexplained fever, 1 lost needle during surgery resulting in enlargement of the trocar incision, 1 patient with facial subcutaneous emphysema that required admittance at the intensive care unit, 1 infected hematoma, 1 vaginal cuff dehiscence occurring 4 weeks after surgery, 1 abdominal pain that led to additional surgery 10 days after TLH resulting in a partial oophorectomy, and 1 repeat laparoscopy on the same day regarding a loss of blood exceeding 300 ml