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Revista de la Facultad de Medicina

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RENDON-BECERRA, César; GOMEZ-BRAVO, Alex; HERNANDEZ-HERNANDEZ, Ronald  and  GARCIA-AMU, Iván. Experience of patients who underwent laparoscopic hysterectomy between 2014 and 2018 at the Hospital Universitario San José in Popayán, Colombia. [online]. 2020, vol.68, n.2, pp.196-201.  Epub June 29, 2021. ISSN 0120-0011.


Hysterectomy is a common procedure used in gynecological practice for the management of benign and malignant conditions. Currently, it has been proved that the minimally invasive surgery approach is better than the open surgery approach, since it implies fewer intraoperative and postoperative complications.


To describe the experience of women who underwent laparoscopic hysterectomy between 2014 and 2018 at Hospital Universitario San José de Popayan Empresa Social del Estado (San José de Popayán University Hospital - State-owned Healthcare Institution).

Materials and methods:

Descriptive observational case series study. The study population consisted of 36 women who underwent laparoscopic hysterectomy between January 2014 and April 2018. The patients' sociodemographic and clinical variables were evaluated and a telephone survey was conducted in order to measure their postoperative level of satisfaction and their quality of life.


Participants' average age was 45 years, average surgical time was 124 minutes, intraoperative complications rate was 2.78% (n = 1), and average hospital stay was 1.3 days. Main diagnoses prior to surgery were carcinoma in situ (28%) and leiomyomatosis (17%). Regarding their level of satisfaction, 92% reported their quality of life improved after the surgical procedure and 64% stated their postoperative recovery was fast.


Laparoscopic hysterectomy, in the case of the study population, was a safe surgical procedure with a low rate of complications and a high level of postoperative satisfaction.

Keywords : Intraoperative Complications; Postoperative Complications; Hysterectomy; Laparoscopy; Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures; Patient Satisfaction (MeSH).

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