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Fertil Steril. 1996 Feb;65(2):310-6.

Hysteroscopy versus hysterectomy for the treatment of abnormal uterine bleeding: a comparison of cost.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, College of Medicine, University of Vermont, Burlington, USA.



To compare the costs of hysteroscopic treatment of abnormal uterine bleeding with the costs associated with abdominal and vaginal hysterectomy.


Retrospective review.


Academic medical center and outpatient gynecology practice.


A list of all women undergoing an endometrial ablation (n = 60), hysteroscopic myomectomy (n = 14), abdominal (n = 192), or vaginal (n = 37) hysterectomy between June 1, 1987 and June 1, 1992 for the treatment of abnormal uterine bleeding was generated by a computer search of billing records using the appropriate ICD-9-CM codes.


The direct cost per case for each patient were defined as the sum of the surgeon's fee, all related hospital and operating room charges, the anesthesiologist's fee, and the cost of preoperative medications. When the initial procedure failed, the cost associated with any additional surgery was accounted for in the determination of the direct cost per case. Indirect costs per case were calculated based on known demographic data, recovery time, and the cost in lost productivity during recuperation. Mean direct and indirect costs per case were determined for each procedure and compared.


The mean direct cost per case for endometrial ablation was $5,159 and for myomectomy and ablation was $5,525. The direct cost per case was not different between the hysteroscopic procedures but both were significantly less expensive than either vaginal ($8,132) or abdominal ($8,833) hysterectomy. Total hospital cost also was significantly less for the hysteroscopic procedures than for hysterectomy by either technique. The indirect costs associated with the hysteroscopic procedures were significantly less than those incurred by abdominal and vaginal hysterectomy.


The total direct and indirect cost per case of an hysteroscopic approach to the treatment of abnormal uterine bleeding is significantly less than that associated with vaginal or abdominal hysterectomy. This difference persists when the cost of failure of an hysteroscopic procedure is accounted for.

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