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Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 1996 Dec;70(1):87-92.

A cost comparison of hysterectomy and hysteroscopic surgery for the treatment of menorrhagia.

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Health Services Research Unit, University of Aberdeen, Foresterhill, Scotland.



To estimate and compare the costs of treating women with menorrhagia by hysterectomy or hysteroscopic surgery, in the form of transcervical resection of the endometrium (TCRE) or endometrial laser ablation (ELA).


Randomised controlled trial set in the gynaecological department of a large British teaching hospital. Under usual circumstances, 204 women who would have undergone hysterectomy for menorrhagia were randomly allocated to either hysterectomy (n = 99) or hysteroscopic surgery in the form of TCRE (n = 52) or ELA (n = 53). National Health Service (NHS) costs and costs to patients per patient occurring up to 1 year following surgery were estimated. Theatre times and length of hospital stay were recorded during the trial. Costs were obtained from the health board finance department and relevant suppliers of technical equipment. One year after treatment patients completed questionnaires on personal costs incurred.


The NHS costs of treating women with hysteroscopic surgery were 24% (TCRE) or 20% (ELA) less than treating women by hysterectomy (1001 pounds/1046 pounds vs. 1315 pounds). On average, women undergoing hysteroscopic surgery incurred 71% less costs to themselves than those who underwent hysterectomy (21 pounds vs. 73.40 pounds).


Hysteroscopic endometrial ablation incurs less costs than hysterectomy both to the National Health Service and to women alike, up to 1 year after surgery.

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