Impact of a High-Volume Gynecologic Surgeon Preceptor on Benign Laparoscopic Hysterectomy

Brooke A. Winner, Whitney Trotter Ross, Jonathan Dukes, Scott W. Biest

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Abstract

Objective: To compare operative times and surgical outcomes of women undergoing benign laparoscopic hysterectomy by general obstetrician-gynecologists (OB-GYNs) alone with those performed by general OB-GYNs in conjunction with a high-volume minimally invasive gynecologic surgeon preceptor. Design: This is a retrospective cohort study. (Canadian Task Force Classification II-2). Materials and Methods: A surgical preceptoring program for low-volume OB-GYNs was implemented in 2011 at an academic-affiliated community hospital. All women undergoing laparoscopic hysterectomy for benign disease between 2011 and 2013 are included. Results: A total of 391 laparoscopic hysterectomies were performed: 179 by low-volume OB-GYNs alone and 212 with the assistance of a preceptor. Laparoscopic hysterectomies performed with a preceptor had shorter operative times (128.4 vs. 105.4 minutes, p < 0.01). After adjusting for differences between groups, those performed in conjunction with a preceptor were 42 minutes faster. The group receiving surgery in conjunction with a preceptor had decreased rates of composite organ injury (6% vs. 1%, p < 0.01), ureteral injury (3% vs. 0%, p = 0.02), and conversion to open approach (5% vs. 0%, p < 0.01). The estimated blood loss was also significantly lower (163 vs. 134 mL, p = 0.03) and there were fewer intraoperative consultations (6% vs. 0.5%, p < 0.01) in the preceptor group. There was no difference in postoperative rates of blood transfusion, readmission, or reoperation. Conclusion: Women undergoing laparoscopic hysterectomy in conjunction with a high-volume minimally invasive gynecologic surgeon preceptor have improved outcomes, including shorter operative time, lower rate of organ injury and conversion to laparotomy fewer intraoperative consultations, and lower estimated blood loss than women undergoing laparoscopic hysterectomy by general OB-GYNs alone. (J GYNECOL SURG 36:115)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-119
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Gynecologic Surgery
Volume36
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2020

Keywords

  • benign hysterectomy
  • high-volume surgeon
  • laparoscopic hysterectomy
  • minimally invasive gynecologic surgeon
  • surgical preceptor

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