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Laparoscopic colposuspension

Is it cost-effective?

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Background: The laparoscopic approach must be shown to be cost-effective as well as safe and technically effective before being widely adopted. A review of 54 consecutive patients who underwent open and laparoscopic colposuspension is presented and a cost-analysis is performed comparing the two approaches.

Methods: This study was a retrospective controlled review of patient records and accounts of in-hospital costs incurred at a private hospital.

Results: Theater costs were significantly greater in the laparoscopic group but this was balanced by a shorter length of stay and subsequent reduced accommodation cost. There was no difference in the overall in-hospital costs between the two groups.

Conclusion: The laparoscopic surgical approach is safe and effective and by no means more expensive than the open approach. In the future, the laparoscopic approach can only become more cost efficient; techniques will improve and there will be earlier returns to work and, subsequently, greater productivity.

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Received: 19 August 1996/Accepted: 20 December 1996

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Loveridge, K., Malouf, A., Kennedy, C. et al. Laparoscopic colposuspension . Surg Endosc 11 , 762 –765 (1997). https://doi.org/10.1007/s004649900445

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  • Key words: Laparoscopic — Colposuspension — Cost