Objective To compare clinical and effectiveness outcomes between robotic-assisted laparoscopic myomectomy (RALM) and abdominal myomectomy (AM). Study design Records were reviewed for the first 27 RALM procedures at our institution. Age, BMI, insurance status, race, uterine size, and operative indication were used to select comparable patients who had undergone AM. Clinical and efficiency outcomes were compared stratifying for uterine size, specimen weight, and matched propensity scores. Results IV hydromorphone use was significantly lower for RALM (P <0.01), with no significant differences in blood loss or complications. RALM patients had significantly shorter hospital stays; however, total hospital charges were higher (P <0.0001). This likely reflects longer operating room time (P <0.0001), which was magnified as specimen size increased (P < 0.0001). Conclusion RALM patients require less IV hydromor-phone, have shorter hospital stays, and have generally equivalent clinical outcomes compared with AM patients. Additionally, as specimen size increased, the operative efficiency of RALM decreased compared with AM.
- Non-invasive surgery
- Robot-assisted laparoscopic myomectomy
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Obstetrics and Gynecology