Standardised registration of surgical complications in laparoscopic-gynaecological therapeutic procedures using the Clavien-Dindo classification

M. P. Radosa, G. Meyberg-Solomayer, J. Radosa, J. Vorwergk, K. Oettler, A. Mothes, S. Baum, I. Juhasz-Boess, E. Petri, E. F. Solomayer, I. B. Runnebaum*

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Abstract Introduction: The registration of complications represents an important component in the evaluation of surgical therapeutic procedures. The aim of the present study was to examine the frequency of occurrence as well as the severity of surgical complications after laparoscopic-gynaecological operations in a standardised manner using the Clavien-Dindo system. Material and Methods: Altogether 7438 treatment courses after laparoscopic-gynaecological interventions by 9 working groups were evaluated. Covariates recorded were the technical complexity of the operation, type of study cohort, study size, data acquisition as well as study centre. Target variables recorded were the surgical morbidity rate, subdivided into mild (Clavien-Dindo grade I-II) and severe complications (Clavien-Dindo grade III-V). In addition, a binary logistic regression analysis for the mentioned covariates and the occurrence of surgical complication was carried out. Results: 946 complications were recorded (overall complication rate: 13%). These included 664 mild complications (8.9%) and 305 severe complications (4.1%). A correlation was found between the covariates technical complexity (relative risk [rR] 1.37; p<0.01), study size (rR: 0.35; p<0.01) and study centre (rR 0.19; p<0.01) and the occurrence of surgical complications. Conclusion: By means of a standardised registration of complications using the Clavien-Dindo classification it appears to be possible to limit the methodologically caused underestimation of surgical morbidity in the retrospective evaluation of gynaecological-endoscopic therapeutic procedures. Factors decisively influencing the surgical morbidity of gynaecological-laparoscopic therapeutic procedures are the respective operative experience of the treating facility as well as the technical complexity of the intervention.

Original languageEnglish
JournalGeburtshilfe und Frauenheilkunde
Issue number8
Pages (from-to)752-758
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 01.08.2014


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