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Gynecol Oncol. 2000 Jul;78(1):58-61.

Effect of surgeon's experience on the surgical outcome of laparoscopic surgery for women with endometrial cancer.

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Division of Gynecologic Oncology, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, 05401, USA. gamal.eltabbakh@vtmednet.org

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The purpose of this study was to assess the effect of increasing surgeon's experience in the laparoscopic management of women with endometrial cancer on the surgical outcome of these patients.

METHODS:

Seventy-five consecutive women with clinical stage I endometrial cancer who underwent laparoscopically assisted vaginal hysterectomy, bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy, and pelvic lymph node sampling by the same surgeon using the same technique and instruments over a period of 2 years were divided into three equal groups based on the date of surgery. The three groups were compared in patient characteristics and surgical outcome using one-way analysis of variance and Pearson chi(2) tests.

RESULTS:

The three groups were similar in patient characteristics. There was no significant difference in estimated amount of blood loss, rate of conversion to laparotomy, complications, and length of hospital stay among the three groups. There was a significant decrease in operating time (means: 231.0 min for group 1, 175.0 min for group 2, and 167.7 min for group 3, P < 0.001) and a significant increase in the number of pelvic lymph nodes harvested (7.8 for group 1, 10.6 for group 2, and 11.9 for group 3, P < 0.05) with increasing surgeon's experience.

CONCLUSIONS:

A learning curve is demonstrated in the laparoscopic management of women with endometrial cancer. With increasing surgeon's experience, there is significant decrease in operating time and increase in the number of pelvic lymph nodes removed.

PMID:
10873411
DOI:
10.1006/gyno.2000.5828
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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