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Hysterectomy Pathway & Surgical Complications

Women’s Health Issues; ePub 2017 Mar 24; Linkov, et al

A reduction in surgical complications in benign hysterectomy settings was observed following the implementation of hysterectomy pathway, a recent study found. This retrospective study examined hysterectomy surgeries performed for benign indications at University of Pittsburgh Medical Centers hospitals between 2012 and 2014. Researchers found:

  • 6,569 hysterectomies for benign indications were performed during the study period.
  • In 2012, 1,154 patients (59.15%) had a length of stay of ≤1 day, compared to 1,791 patients (74.53%) in 2014.
  • Within 3 years of implementing the pathway, surgical site infections had a reduction of 47%.


Linkov F, Sanei-Moghaddam A, Edwards RP, et al. Implementation of hysterectomy pathway: Impact on complications. [Published online ahead of print March 24, 2017]. Women’s Health Issues. doi:10.1016/j.whi.2017.02.004.