The safety of same-day discharge after laparoscopic hysterectomy for endometrial cancer

Jessica Lee, Yindalon Aphinyanaphongs, John P. Curtin, Jing Yi Chern, Melissa K. Frey, Leslie R. Boyd

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Objective To determine factors influencing discharge patterns after laparoscopic hysterectomy for endometrial cancer and to evaluate the safety of same-day discharge during the 30-day postoperative period. Methods Using the American College of Surgeons’ National Surgical Quality Improvement Project's database, patients who underwent hysterectomy for endometrial cancer from 2010 to 2014 were identified and categorized by their hospital length of stay. Statistical analyses were performed to assess the relationship between hospital stay and demographics, medical comorbidities, intraoperative surgical factors and postoperative outcomes. Results A total of 9020 patients had laparoscopic hysterectomies for endometrial cancer and of these, 729 patients (8.1%) were successfully discharged on the day of surgery. These patients were younger and had lower body mass indexes and fewer medical comorbidities than patients who were admitted after their procedure. The same-day discharge group underwent surgical procedures of less complexity than the hospital admission group based on shorter operative times and fewer relative value units (RVUs). There was a lower rate of surgical site infections in the same-day discharge group, and no difference in rates of other postoperative complications including hospital readmissions and reoperations. Conclusions Rates of laparoscopic hysterectomy for endometrial cancer are gradually increasing but the rates of same-day discharge have increased at a much slower rate. Same-day discharge has been successful despite differences in preoperative demographics, medical comorbidities and intraoperative surgical complexity. Overall postoperative complication rates were equivalent despite length of hospital stay, demonstrating the safety and feasibility of same-day discharge after laparoscopic hysterectomy for endometrial cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)508-513
Number of pages6
JournalGynecologic oncology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Endometrial cancer
  • Hospital admission
  • Laparoscopic hysterectomy
  • Minimally invasive
  • Same-day discharge

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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