Long-term satisfaction of patients after laparoscopic and robotic-assisted hysterectomy

Georgios Gitas*, I. Alkatout, L. Proppe, L. Hanker, L. Allahqoli, G. Grimbizis, A. Rody, N. Werner, S. Sommer, S. Baum

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Introduction: Da-Vinci-Xi is the most recent device used in gynecologic robotic surgery. The aim of the present study was to compare the long-term satisfaction of patients who had undergone conventional laparoscopic hysterectomy or robotic assisted laparoscopic hysterectomy using the Da-Vinci-Xi surgical system. Methods: All hysterectomies performed at the University Hospital of Luebeck from 2018 to 2019 were reviewed. Postoperative outcomes were compared between women who had undergone total hysterectomy with da Vinci Xi (n = 42) or conventional laparoscopy (n = 97). Postoperative outcomes included pain, elimination of complaints after surgery, bladder function, sexual function, satisfaction with the cosmetic outcome, positive experiences after robotic surgery, and satisfaction with the surgeon’s preoperative explanation. Obese patients were evaluated separately in a subgroup analysis. Results: Both groups had similar baseline characteristics and complication rates. Preoperative complaints subsided after surgery in a little more than 90% of patients. No significant differences were noted between groups in this regard (p = 0.262), or with reference to postoperative pain after one week (p = 0.866) and one month (p = 0.580), stress incontinence (p = 0.343), sexual function (p = 0.766) and the cosmetic outcome of the abdominal incisions (p = 0.273). The majority of patients who had undergone robotic surgery (96.8%) would be willing to undergo the procedure again if necessary. The subgroup analysis of obese patients revealed no significant differences. Conclusion: The Da-Vinci-Xi device did not improve the long-term surgical satisfaction of normal-weight or obese patients who underwent hysterectomy compared with patients who underwent conventional laparoscopy performed by experienced laparoscopic surgeons.

Original languageEnglish
JournalArchives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Issue number6
Pages (from-to)1481-1490
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 06.2022

Research Areas and Centers

  • Research Area: Luebeck Integrated Oncology Network (LION)
  • Centers: University Cancer Center Schleswig-Holstein (UCCSH)


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