To evaluate trends in mode of hysterectomy performed at a large teaching hospital and a small community hospital over a 5 year period following the implementation of a comprehensive robotics training program.METHODS:
A review of hysterectomies done at a large teaching hospital and a smaller, community hospital in the same health system over a 5 year period was performed to determine how many hysterectomies were performed using an open, laparoscopic, or vaginal approach. The study included 5175 women, and was evaluated after the implementation of a comprehensive teaching, training, mentoring and proctoring program at each hospital. Laparoscopic procedures included TLH and LSCH, as well as RATLH and RASCH. Vaginal Hysterectomies included TVH and LAVH cases.RESULTS:
We found a significant decrease in the percent of cases performed through an open approach over the course of the study, with a concurrent significant increase in the percent of robotic procedures performed. There was also a significant decrease in the percent of case performed vaginally over this period, but this was only observed at the smaller community hospital site.CONCLUSION:
At the larger, teaching hospital, the implementation of a comprehensive robotics training program was associated with a significant conversion of cases performed through an open approach to a robotic assisted laparoscopic approach. This was not associated with a decline in the percent of vaginal cases performed. At the smaller, community hospital, more dramatic increases were observed with respect to robotic hysterectomies: however, a decline in the percent of cases performed vaginally was observed.