Outcomes after Total versus Subtotal Abdominal Hysterectomy

Department of Gynecology, St. George's Hospital, London, United Kingdom.
New England Journal of Medicine (Impact Factor: 55.87). 10/2002; 347(17):1318-25. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa013336
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It is uncertain whether subtotal abdominal hysterectomy results in better bladder, bowel, or sexual function than total abdominal hysterectomy.
We conducted a randomized, double-blind trial comparing total and subtotal abdominal hysterectomy in 279 women referred for hysterectomy because of benign disease; most of the women were premenopausal. The main outcomes were measures of bladder, bowel, and sexual function at 12 months. We also evaluated postoperative complications.
The rates of urinary frequency (urination more than seven times during the day) were 33 percent in the subtotal-hysterectomy group and 31 percent in the total-hysterectomy group before surgery, and they fell to 24 percent and 20 percent, respectively, at 12 months (P=0.03 for the change over time within each group; P=0.84 for the interaction between the treatment assignment and time). The reduction in nocturia and stress incontinence and the improvement in bladder capacity were similar in the two groups. The frequency of bowel symptoms (as indicated by reported constipation and use of laxatives) and measures of sexual function (including the frequency of intercourse and orgasm and the rating of the sexual relationship with a partner) did not change significantly in either group after surgery. The women in the subtotal-hysterectomy group had a shorter hospital stay (5.2 days, vs. 6.0 in the total-hysterectomy group; P=0.04) and a lower rate of fever (6 percent vs. 19 percent, P<0.001). After subtotal abdominal hysterectomy, 7 percent of women had cyclical bleeding and 2 percent had cervical prolapse.
Neither subtotal nor total abdominal hysterectomy adversely affects pelvic organ function at 12 months. Subtotal abdominal hysterectomy results in more rapid recovery and fewer short-term complications but infrequently causes cyclical bleeding or cervical prolapse.

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    • "neuroanatomical structure is supposed to suffer less damage if total hysterectomy is compared with the subtotal technique. Due to these reasons, the incidence of incontinence may also be lower with a minor displacement of the bladder.[10,11]In a nationwide population-based cohort study in Sweden, the risk of developing stress incontinence that manifests after surgical management is the highest in the first 5 years following hysterectomy.[12]Acknowledged "

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    • "Sparing the cervix at time of hysterectomy which called subtotal hysterectomy (STH) was carried out in the past in order to reduce surgical complications as blood loss, vaginal vault prolapse, enterocele, ureteral injuries and vaginal cuff abscess [1]. However, three randomized controlled trials comparing perioperative or post-operative complications of total hysterectomy versus STH, concluded that there is no clinically significant difference between blood loss and surgical time in both approaches despite that STH may be associated with less blood loss and shorter surgical time [2]-[4]. Also, it was suggested that the retaining cervix reduce the adverse effect on psychosexual behavior of the patients. "
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