In the United States, approximately 600,000 hysterectomies are performed each year. Several surgical approaches are used to perform hysterectomy. Open abdominal hysterectomy is the most common and invasive approach. All other approaches are classified as minimally invasive procedures. This paper analyzes commercial payer differences in the average costs and readmission rates between inpatient open hysterectomies and three types of outpatient hysterectomies: laparoscopic, laparoscopic assisted, and vaginal.
This article was originally published in the August 2016 issue of Managed Care.