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Mode of anesthesia and postoperative symptoms following abdominal hysterectomy in a fast-track setting
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Obstetrics and gynecology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Anesthesiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Anaesthetics, Operations and Specialty Surgery Center, Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care in Linköping.
Linnaeus University, Sweden.
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Obstetrics and gynecology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Center of Paediatrics and Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics in Linköping.
2011 (English)In: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, ISSN 0001-6349, E-ISSN 1600-0412, Vol. 90, no 4, 369-379 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Objective. To determine whether postoperative symptoms differ between women who undergo abdominal benign hysterectomy in a fast-track model under general anesthesia or spinal anesthesia with intrathecal morphine. Design. Secondary analysis from a randomized, open, multicenter study. Setting. Five hospitals in south-east Sweden. Population. One-hundred and eighty women scheduled for benign hysterectomy were randomized; 162 completed the study; 82 were allocated to spinal and 80 to general anesthesia. Methods. The Swedish Postoperative Symptoms Questionnaire, completed daily for 1 week and thereafter once a week until 5 weeks postoperatively. Main Outcome Measures. Occurrence, intensity and duration of postoperative symptoms. Results. Women who had hysterectomy under spinal anesthesia with intrathecal morphine experienced significantly less discomfort postoperatively compared with those who had the operation under general anesthesia. Spinal anesthesia reduced the need for opioids postoperatively. The most common symptoms were pain, nausea and vomiting, itching, drowsiness and fatigue. Abdominal pain, drowsiness and fatigue occurred significantly less often and with lower intensity among the spinal anesthesia group. Although postoperative nausea and vomiting was reported equally in the two groups, vomiting episodes were reported significantly more often during the first day after surgery in the spinal anesthesia group. Spinal anesthesia was associated with a higher prevalence of postoperative itching. Conclusions. Spinal anesthesia with intrathecal morphine carries advantages regarding postoperative symptoms and recovery following fast-track abdominal hysterectomy.

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Informa Healthcare , 2011. Vol. 90, no 4, 369-379 p.
Keyword [en]
Abdominal hysterectomy, anesthesia, fast track, postoperative symptoms, randomized study
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Medical and Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-67978DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0412.2010.01059.xISI: 000289515500013OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-67978DiVA: diva2:414717
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Original Publication: Ninnie Borendal Wodlin, Lena Nilsson, Kristofer Arestedt and Preben Kjölhede, Mode of anesthesia and postoperative symptoms following abdominal hysterectomy in a fast-track setting, 2011, ACTA OBSTETRICIA ET GYNECOLOGICA SCANDINAVICA, (90), 4, 369-379. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1600-0412.2010.01059.x Copyright: Informa Healthcare http://informahealthcare.com/

Available from: 2011-05-04 Created: 2011-05-04 Last updated: 2015-06-08
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1. Fast track abdominal hysterectomy: On the mode of anesthesia, postoperative recovery and health economics
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Fast track abdominal hysterectomy: On the mode of anesthesia, postoperative recovery and health economics
2011 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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Introduction: Hysterectomy is the most common major gynecological operation in the Western World and approximately 5000 benign hysterectomies are performed in Sweden every year. Consequently it is a surgical procedure that affects many women. The procedure comprises challenges concerning perioperative health care, perceived postoperative symptoms, quality of life aspects and health economics. The concept of fast track is a multimodal strategy to reduce hormonal surgical stress response and achieve an enhanced postoperative recovery and is today considered to be evidence based in relation to colorectal surgery. Spinal anesthesia, as an important part of fast track, provides benefits of extended effect on analgesia and reduced postoperative morbidity. It is reasonable to believe that employing the strategies of fast track including spinal anesthesia could also provide substantial benefits for women requiring surgical removal of the uterus.

Aims: To determine whether duration of hospital stay, presence and intensity of postoperative symptoms, duration of sick leave and cost-effectiveness differ between women undergoing benign fast track abdominal hysterectomy in spinal anesthesia with intrathecal morphine (SA) and in standard general anesthesia (GA).

Material & Methods: 180 women participated in this open randomized multicenter study with five participating hospitals in the southeast region of Sweden. One hundred and sixty two completed the study; 82 women were randomized to SA and 80 to GA. A fast track model comprising premedication without sedatives, intravenous fluid regulation, analgesics based on non-opioids, pre-emptive antiemetic therapy, early enteral nutrition and mobilization and standard criteria for discharge were used. End points were duration of hospital stay, use of analgesics, perceived postoperative symptoms, occurrence of postoperative complications, duration of sick leave and health economic evaluations.

Results: Duration of hospital stay did not differ between the two modes of anesthesia. Vomiting and pruritus occurred significantly more often after SA. Complication rates did not differ between groups. Women with SA experienced less overall discomfort and had a reduced need for opioids postoperatively. Abdominal pain, drowsiness and fatigue occurred less often and with lower intensity among the women in the SA group. Health related quality of life improved faster and the duration of sick leave was shorter in women after SA. Total costs (hospital costs plus costs for productivity loss) were lower for the SA group. Within the first 29 days after hysterectomy the women in the SA group gained more QALYs than women in the GA group.

Conclusions: The duration of hospitalisation after fast track abdominal hysterectomy was less than 50 hours and mode of anesthesia did not influence this. SA displayed considerable advantages regarding postoperative symptoms and recovery. SA was considered cost-effective in comparison with GA due to lower total costs and more QALYs gained. Our study indicates that SA should be recommended as the first choice of anesthesia in benign abdominal hysterectomy.

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Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2011. 75 p.
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Linköping University Medical Dissertations, ISSN 0345-0082 ; 1251
Keyword
Abdominal hysterectomy; Cost-effectiveness; Fast track; General anesthesia; Health economy; Intrathecal morphine; Postoperative recovery Postoperative symptoms Randomized study; Spinal anesthesia; Quality of Life
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Medical and Health Sciences
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urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-70469 (URN)978-91-7393-107-6 (ISBN)
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2011-10-07, Berzeliussalen, Ingång 65, Campus US, Linköpings Universitet, Linköping, 09:00 (Swedish)
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