Pietro Gambadauro, Vincenzo Campo, Sebastiano Campo
Study setting: Institute of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Rome, Italy.
1. Karolinska Institutet, LIME/NASP-C7, 17177, Stockholm, Sweden; 2. Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Rome, Italy
Minim Invasive Surg, vol. 2015, Article ID 702631, 6 pages, 2015. doi:10.1155/2015/702631
Endometriosis is a tricky albeit common disease whose management largely relies on laparoscopy. We have studied the operative times of laparoscopic endometrioma surgery in order to assess their predictability and possible predictors. One hundred forty-eight laparoscopies were included, with a median operative time of 70 minutes (mean 75.14; 95% CI: 70.03–80.24). Half of the cases had a duration within 15–20 minutes above or below the median (IQR: 55–93.75), but the whole dataset ranged from 20 to 180 minutes, and the standard deviation was relatively large (31.4). Surgical times were significantly related to technical (number and size of the cysts) and nontechnical factors (age, parity, dysmenorrhea, and family history). At multiple logistic regression, after adjusting for number and size of the cysts, surgical times below the first quartile were associated with older age (>30 years old: aOR: 3.590; 95% CI: 1.417–9.091) and parity (?1 delivery: aOR: 3.409; 95% CI: 1.343–8.651). Longer times, above the third quartile, were instead predicted by a familial anamnesis of endometriosis (aOR: 3.639; 95% CI: 1.246–10.627). Our findings indicate highly variable surgical times, which are predicted by unexpected nontechnical factors. This is consistent with the complexity of endometriosis and its treatment. Productivity and efficiency in endometriosis surgery should focus on the quality of healthcare outcomes rather than on the time spent in the operating theatres.
Keywords: endometrioma, endometriosis, laparoscopy, patient-centred care, operative time, efficiency
This study was based at the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Rome, Italy.
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